Students Talk About “Back to School”
After many months of online learning, students from all campuses have been able to rejoin their friends and teachers for some classes on school grounds. The students of Bang Na campus were enthusiastic yet cautious as they returned to face to face learning. Even the kindergarten students demonstrated a sense of responsibility as they entered school carefully, cleaning their hands and maintaining social distance at all times. One of the best aspects of seeing students face to face was listening to them describe their experiences with online learning.
When talking to the Grade three students, they mentioned that it felt good to be back with their friends. Arush said ‘Being back to school is fun because I can talk to my friends and play with them, not just see them on a screen”. His classmate Baiyun commented that “Learning on the computer was kind of boring. It’s fun to see my teacher at school”. Their friend Eric mentioned that “Learning online feels like a video of people talking to me. It’s not always bad, but sometimes it is lonely to learn from home”.
The Grade 1 students were clearly relieved to be back, but they also reflected on the positive experiences they had online. “It’s kind of the same for me. I still get to see my friends and my teacher”, Jiel shared. His classmates agreed that school online was better than no school at all. Karn mentioned the biggest challenge for her during online learning was running out of time when you still wanted to see your friends.
Overall, the students seem to be in favor of some time to see each other face to face. Jihoo from Grade 2 said “I feel great being at school. We can play together in real life! At school you still have to be careful and keep your distance, but you can hear everyone talk in a group and they don’t get distracted”. Piper, who is also in Grade 2, explained “At home I had to sit in a chair all day and just look at a screen. It’s very good to be at school. I’m only 5% scared of covid because I know how to protect myself”.
The students’ happiness for face to face school is definitely shared by their teacher!