19 Oct Online Classes
Better equipped for online classes
Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) co-founder Veronica Shepherdson has an unusual headache … her students can’t wait to log on for online classes.
The Conditional Movement Control (CMCO) imposed in Selangor on Oct 14 saw the Shah Alam-based international school resuming online classes as schools are closed during this period.
“It really is remarkable that the students are rushing to be the first ones online. Our classes start at 8.30am but some of them are ‘in class’ 90 minutes earlier,” said Shepherdson with a laugh.
“The kids really love the lessons. This is something unique as usually, parents have to force their children to go online for classes.”
GOTS implemented online lessons as soon as CMCO was announced, just like when MCO was implemented in March, as it had anticipated the move.
It had ready-made lessons which were fine-tuned with some changes.
“We began preparations two weeks before CMCO came into effect as we noticed the number of Covid-19 cases was on the rise,” said Shepherdson.
“We tweaked the lessons just a bit as we have completed the syllabus. Now lessons are 80 per cent activity-based with an ice-breaker at the start.”
She added the coaches, scholars and parents have a better understanding of how the online classes are conducted as they know the challenges the others face.
“I was proud of how our school handled the online classes earlier. I feel we are better equipped to handle it this time around.
“The parents also realise that this could be the norm for a while as Covid-19 is not going away soon.
“We are blessed as we have not lost any students but in fact gained several new ones.
“The parents also realised how inclusive our classes are. We are online with them as soon as we need them to do something or if we change anything.
“We have become sort of an ‘online family’.”
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