Their adaptability to the new rules around the school has been very smooth. This has been challenging, but they have managed to keep wearing their masks and maintain social distance. I know dropping students outside the gates and not being able to walk them into class has also been different for parents and I thank you for your understanding. Most importantly we have seen happy students, engaged in learning.
I have been talking this week with the teachers about the challenges and successes they have faced. As A PYP, inquiry based school we are used to students collaborating with each other, moving around, discussing and sharing their understanding. Teachers have been challenged in how to maintain this within the current regulations but there has been some amazing innovation and adaptation to still make learning fun, engaging and meaningful.
At the same time we have to consider the needs of our online learners and how we connect meaningfully with them through technology. In one Grade 3 class students were encouraged to share learning by visiting different stations in the room and adding notes and comments to a range of different prompts. In Grade 5 students in class connected with those at home through technology to ensure connectivity between students in school and those at home. In our EL classes, play equipment was arranged strategically so that students could engage in a range of activities whilst still maintaining their distance.