On the one hand, missing lessons is somewhat concerning as time in classrooms with teachers is valuable, especially if you are a Year 13 with weeks to go before exams. On the other hand, it was welcomed with a sense of excitement and relief as now, we knew the plan for the next couple of weeks.
The IB students, with their critical thinking hats on, knew this was coming. The great benefit of studying TOK is that the students are required to question news sources, facts and fake news and they have been incredibly sensible in their response to the rising rhetoric in the media.
The students have also been well-prepared for this in terms of understanding the technology we will use to deliver our lessons in our virtual classrooms. Earlier in the week, I had the delightful experience of delivering a lesson through Microsoft Teams with my Year 13 business class and they reported back that not only did they like it, but furthermore, the inclusivity of it all was an added and unexpected bonus.
As a school I believe we are ready to deliver the very best lessons to our students, and for our students, I believe they are ready to embrace this new style of learning. We are as a school “in this together” but our aims, expectations and standards have not changed. We will continue to take care of each other as a community, reach out on a daily basis to others across the virtual classroom and take part in engaging learning with our friends, peers and colleagues.
Head of IBDP, University Advisor