How students and educators did back-to-school right!

Online learning is challenging, not only for students but for their parents and teachers too. With many schools and families now learning online, it may feel difficult—if not impossible—to ensure that students maintain a good balance of activities and learning without being constantly glued to screens. 

生徒が飽きずに日常生活を送れるように1日の流れを作ることに加えて、以下の5つの方法があります。 UWCタイランド は、学生がバランスを保ちながら自宅で学習できるようにするためのものです。



Encouraging children to take pauses to check in with themselves throughout the day works best as part of a family or school culture of mindfulness. Stopping as a family to practice together at a designated time each day can be really helpful. This gives you the opportunity to check in with your thoughts, emotions, and body and to discuss everyone’s needs as a family. Connecting to things that you all appreciate and are grateful for can also boost your mood each day and can be a welcome addition to your routine. Looking for a place to start a personal or family mindfulness practice? Visit UWC Thailand’s free mindfulness resources page for guided audios and activities.



With more time at home comes more takeaway meals and midnight shops online for things that we really can do without. What is the environmental impact of all those orders? Think just about the packaging involved, then add on the wider carbon footprint. Consider giving your business to local restaurants, markets, and companies that use biodegradable or easily recycled packaging. 

While face-to-face volunteering may not be possible during lockdown or social distancing, there are still a number of ways to help. Many organizations need assistance with writing, online translation, and developing social media advocacy campaigns. Of course, a nominal donation from the money saved from not going to the cinema will also be welcome! If it’s time for a spring clean, consider donating toys and clothes that haven’t been used over the last few months to local organizations. 



  1. Conversations at home about health, nutrition, exercise, wellbeing, hygiene help children learn about their bodies. Consider working as a family to create healthy meal plans, tracking daily exercise, plant a garden, and learn what the plants need to grow.
  2. Daily conversations at home (in any language!), reading together, writing in journals together, and discussing information that you come across to determine its reliability or accuracy is a great way to encourage your children to be critical thinkers and users of language. Symbolic language is also important—mathematical numbers and symbols surround us in everyday life. Why not bake together and discuss what the measurements mean? Placing your grocery order? Have your child help; adding up the costs of items, sticking to a budget, etc. 
  3. Having children engage in chores around the house is a great starting point for conversations about work and income. Build or make something together to develop a sense of production and craftsmanship rather than just consumption. The more we can have children ‘hands-on’, the more ‘heads on’ and ‘hearts on’ they will be as well. 
  4. ダンス、音楽、絵画、彫刻、建築などは、世界で通じる言語です。一緒に音楽を聴いて、歌詞に込められた意味や、楽器から感じることなどを話してみましょう。世界の美術館のバーチャルツアーに参加して、作品について話し合い、家にある材料で再現してみる。





There are also a number of activities available and wilderness skills to develop while we continue with home learning. Some of the tasks our students have been working on in recent weeks have been focused on knotwork, compass building, water filter making, and nature journaling. There are a number of online tutorials that you can follow, as well as the video series Kru Rob, UWC Thailand’s Outdoor Education Teacher, has on his Youtube channel.




By now, it’s you who has been staring at a screen, likely for much longer than just to read this article, so why not try a brain break yourself? A dozen push-ups and jumping jacks? A quick walk? 10 minutes of yoga? Afterward, when you return to your device, take a moment to reflect on how your capacity to concentrate has changed.



UWC Thailand International School

At UWCT, we aim to realise this mission by delivering a mindful, diverse education underpinned by our belief in the connection between a “Good Heart, Balanced Mind, and Healthy Body”.