Distance Learning Week One at CAK
It's something we never dreamed would occur, a pandemic in 2020 racing across the world at breakneck speed. On Thursday, March 5, Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) sent our first communication to families about COVID-19. By Friday, March 13, our leadership was one of the first schools in Tennessee to make the call to move to a distance learning platform.
"At CAK we are fortunate," says Head of School Rich Fulford. "We are positioned very well to continue meaningful learning with the investment in technology and training that we've made in recent years."
And we didn't miss a beat. Not one day of instruction.
Spring Break was March 16-20, and many CAK faculty and staff worked at home during the break to be ready to go when students returned to their new virtual class on Monday, March 23.
Even with the fast time-line, our teachers wanted their students' QUALITY education to continue. When school began after Spring Break, CAK teachers held virtual, live, Zoom and Google meetings with students, allowing REAL connection and REAL learning to continue!
From our high schoolers to our littlest learners, CAK students were learning ....alone, but together.
Parent Alicia Weiser shared on Facebook that "CAK has been on top of this situation from day one, and I am so very thankful for our school." Shannon Taylor, another parent, said "Thank you to all at CAK for being so proactive!"
We admit not everyone is thrilled about learning at home. Many miss in-person connections and friends!
And some had a few issues with "their co-workers."
Remote learning is not all on a computer, but we also get creative with learning with items we have at home.
And we know our kids are learning more than just what is taught in the classroom. They are learning about adaptability and resilience. Life can change on a dime, and we should have a moment to let our emotions flow, but then we need to pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off, and roll with those changes.
They are learning about a Christian community of believers rallying around each other to PRAY together daily. And to worship together, online.
They are learning that God is in control of all things, even when it's scary; Even when we don't understand; Even when there is uncertainty.
And we are learning with them. Never has there been a time when our school mascot, a Warrior, was more accurate than during this time of charging forward.
So, thank you, Warriors, for being amazing this week. We'll keep on moving forward, learning together, but separately (for now). We can't wait to gather together again in the future! What a celebration that will be!
One thing is certain, in times of crisis ....#WarriorsRise