Do you see the current demand for home education and remote learning with a ‘glass half full’ or a ‘glass half empty’ attitude? This is most certainly a challenging time for us all, but here are 4 reasons this unique moment in history could benefit us all.
This is a completely unique time in history that has thrown immediate family members together. Yes, it may feel somewhat of a hugga-mugga juggle having everyone at home with different agendas – but it is likely you’ll look back on this time with fondness (or at least have heightened appreciation for ‘normal life’ when it resumes!). How often in life will you find yourself with an uninterrupted length of time with your immediate family? This is an opportunity to reconnect and discover even more about the people you know best. One of the ways we’re helping families appreciate this time is by inviting our community to take part in the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust #5aDayWellbeing challenge, which helps to promote positivity at this time, supporting mental health.
This is a brilliant time for children to find and develop a strong ability to self-motivate and develop time management skills. With the firmer school day structure out of the window, it is down to families to find a routine that will motivate everyone for the daily tasks they need to achieve. As a school, we’re offering daily online exercise classes with our PE and sport staff, so children and parents can integrate an energising fitness session into their day, much like they would during the normal timetable here.
For parents, teachers and children, this is a time for up-skilling technological ability. Even if you’re already tech-savvy, remote learning is all about creating and using effective online resources and digital meetings. At Rugby School Thailand we’ve introduced some brilliant new online learning platforms, such as multimedia portfolio, SeeSaw, which have been configured especially for our students. We will all emerge from this experience with new online skills that will no doubt serve us well for the future.
Teachers are having to adapt their lessons to work online, as well as finding strategies to keep pupils with different learning needs engaged. Growth mindset and creativity are key for this kind of adaptation; teachers are having to think outside the box as they adapt previously tried and tested lessons to fit a new learning arena, and in turn pupils are being exposed to fresh and exciting new ideas. There are currently plans in motion to create our own school radio station, where children can contribute to content as part of their learning; this idea sprung directly from the remote learning programme!
Rugby School Thailand is currently running a successful remote learning programme that has been tailored to the different age groups across the Pre-Prep, Prep & Senior School.