Closing the Distance through Face-to Face Contact

Making personal contact with students by scheduling conference calls has provided opportunities for engagement, feedback and personal connections this week. On Monday, the MSHS Grade level mentors set a goal to reach out to each one of their mentees this week. One teacher shared that her conference calls with her students have felt very special, “I got to tell them that I’m missing them at school and we had a chance to talk one-on-one like we don’t usually have time for”. A Grade 10 student during their video call told one mentor, “I love the online learning week because it’s fun using video to chat with my teachers–and I get to wake up later! I enjoy the challenge of working my schedule on my own”.

Some of the things that MSHS students are saying about distance learning :
  • “I think Distance Learning has been developed well.” – Grade 7 Student
  • “Being able to wake up later but still get work done.” – Grade 9 Student
  • “Freedom to make your own schedule throughout the day” – Grade 11 Student
  • “I can be flexible with the amount of time I spend on each assignment” – Grade 12
  • “The ability to manage our own time/do whatever work we want in any order.” – Grade 8
  • “Seeing the teachers even if I’m not in school.” – Grade 11 Student

Online Learning Not New for HS Students!

Online learning is not a new concept for all High School students. At the start of this academic year, as many as 30 high school students have been taking online classes with Global Online academy. 

Course taken include:

  • Gender Studies
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • 9/11 in a Global Context
  • Linear Algebra
  • Medical Problem Solving
  • Arabic Language through Culture II
  • Japanese Language through Culture II

In addition to these, some of our High School students have been taking IB Diploma courses supported by an online learning platform called Pamoja. Each week students gain access to new online learning activities which guide them to engage in a specific part of the syllabus. Students have flexibility in determining how and when to complete these tasks. They also interact with other students online and receive feedback on assessment tasks from their Pamoja teacher. Occasionally students participate in live lessons with their Pamoja teacher and can ask questions in real time.