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Survey Said … Remote Learning Challenges Being Addressed

Student survey helps guide professional development for teachers

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Director of Alumni Relations


Intending to gain insight into the student perspective of learning remotely, an online survey was completed in homeroom by the Chargers.


“Results of the survey were used to drive discussion and reflection about best practices in lesson planning, assessments, and daily instruction for our students during this time of hybrid learning,” said Katherine Pool, Saint Joseph High School director of curriculum.


On a recent in-service day, previous best practices for remote learning were reviewed and new ones suggested as teachers, students and parents continue to adjust to changes brought on by the pandemic.

General discussions then led into three breakout sessions in which teachers took time to focus on one of three critical areas. The small groups then reported their reflections to the faculty at large.


One of the breakout groups focused on ways to promote discussions in school about important topics of the day.

“There’s a great need for critical conversations with students about issues relating to identity, intersectionality, bias and discrimination,” said religion teacher James Johnson. “It was nice to meet as a group to discuss ways to facilitate these conversations in our classrooms.”


A second breakout group read and discussed the article “How to Support Teachers’ Emotional Needs Right Now.” 


“There was much discussion about how different teachers are feeling now in comparison to March,” said counselor Diane Palumbo.  “The pandemic has pushed us to focus on what’s most important and to not sweat the small stuff.  The bottom line is our emotions matter, and if we listen to them, they help us get clearer about what is most important for us and our students.”


The third small group read about and discussed the difference between parents’ expectations of teachers during e-learning and teachers’ expectations of parents.


“There is some common ground between the two,” said Terri Palluzzi, director of the academic center, “but there are also some significant differences. We are relatively early in the evolution of e-learning, so differences are expected. With more communication, more common ground will be achieved.”


“I’m very proud of our teachers,” said Principal David Hotek. “They are working very hard to ensure that remote learning can be as successful as circumstances allow. We are in a unique situation, and there is no telling what the future holds, so it’s vital we maximize the potentials of e-learning.”