Fort Madison Community School District wants to update the community on how the hybrid model is going for the students and staff. Although there will be challenges with anything new, to us, we are determined to make the most of it. The district has noticed many benefits to hybrid model of learning for our students.
Fort Madison High School English teacher Ingrid Brownlee has recognized several benefits for her students in the hybrid model. Ms. Brownlee appreciates having contact with her students once again. During her SEL (Social Emotional Learning) time, Ms. Brownlee shared struggles that she went through in her life. “Mr. Smith says to ‘share until it hurt,’ so I did. I noticed a student tearing up, and it made me realize the importance of genuine face-to-face learning.”
Ms. Brownlee has also noticed that more students feel comfortable asking questions and participating in classes that are smaller. “I can tell that they are less anxious through the hybrid model,” said Brownlee. As the yearbook advisor, Brownlee feels fortunate that her staff is in the same group. “Having everyone there in person makes our work fun and more productive.”
Fort Madison Middle School student Naomi Ramatowski shares her perspective on hybrid learning. Naomi’s favorite thing about being back at school is getting to see her friends. “The best thing is about being back at school is being back in class with my friends and seeing the people I know,” said Ramatowski.
Caden Valdez has just started kindergarten at FM Elementary this year. His mother Juliet Marcano shares his experience so far. “I think Caden being at school is very beneficial. He already is talking about his new friends, and I can tell the social aspect of it is really helping him come out of his shy shell. He’s also already learning and excited to go back. I think it gives him a really good routine, and that he benefits a lot from the structure of actually being present at school. I’m excited to watch him succeed as he keeps going,” said Marcano.
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