Educating during Covid-19: what we have learnt.

Here are some photos and thoughts about what our school has been like during this time of crisis.

 

A school is made of children

 

This period of online teaching has allowed us to reflect on our teaching methods
and has confirmed the importance of diversifying pedagogical activities and approaches to lessons. Some of our most extroverted pupils in the classroom found themselves disoriented during online classes. On the contrary, the shyest and least active pupils at school feel comfortable with the screen acting as a ‘mediator’, surprising all of us teachers and perhaps even themselves. This shows us there can not be a single method of teaching or assessment but that, even when we return to ‘normal’ schooling, we will have to reflect on how every teacher should adapt to the needs of each child.

 

Education, not just schooling

 

School is not just grades, exams, and homework. During this crisis, we have discovered that being a teacher means doing your best to be present for your students and trying to give all children and young people the opportunity to cultivate their relationships with us and their classmates. Sometimes you need to create moments of sharing with students. Asking the little ones to show their room or their favorite object, and the older ones to share their opinions, reflections, and emotions. We have confirmed that teaching is not just about transmitting content, but rather about creating relationships and giving our pupils the tools to learn independently.

Children are more capable than we think

 

They surprised us by sharing advice and instructions on how to manage technology and
classroom activities, proving empathetic and proactive in helping classmates. We saw among all the students a great desire to participate and we noticed them more serene. Often, when we ask them what was the best thing about their week, they tell us about how they cooked with mom, went out running with dad or played with their brother, things they don’t usually do under normal conditions. At this time more than ever, we trusted the children and teens, believing that the teacher is a guide rather than a source of knowledge to be reproduced mechanically. Sitting in front of a computer for hours listening to a teacher can be  tiring and sometimes boring. We tried to give them the opportunity to invent stories, create presentations, make art and conduct debates. When the teacher trusts the students, they take the opportunity to surprise us and show that if they are given some space and freedom they can find their own original way of expressing themselves.

Simply put, although we have been deprived of physical space, we now believe more than ever in a school made out of children, teens, parents and teachers, and the relationships between them.
We would therefore like to thank parents for their great support and our pupils for the enthusiasm, creativity and resilience they give every day.

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