Four weeks of distance learning has brought unique challenges and victories to all MS students. As Grade Level Leaders, we have the privilege of overseeing the patterns for an entire grade, and we have witnessed so many wonderful things this past month. Some of the biggest growth we have seen from students has been outside academic classes. We are witnessing our students become lifelong, independent learners and living the UNIS Hanoi mission as they embody the values of learning (even from a distance), community (by supporting each other), and responsibility.
Students that may have struggled during the first week or two have shown remarkable growth in their self-management ATL skills with the support of their parents, teachers, and mentors. They are setting their own timetables (or are following timetables people help them make). They are reaching out and asking for help when they get stuck instead of waiting and getting frustrated. They are showing growth in their communication skills through synchronous lessons, mentor check-ins, and emails/chats with their classmates and teacher.
They are all showing the IB Learner Profile in action, whether its being an excellent communicator with their learning partners, balanced by making sure to take healthy breaks and stay active, caring by supporting their siblings, friends, and classmates during this time, thinkers as they transfer skills and understandings from one class and situation to another, and reflective as they reflect on and learn from the challenges they had at the beginning to where they are now.
Quotes from MS students about their growth during distance learning:
Grade 6 student: “I can manage my time and email teachers for questions, which is why I get my work done on time. At home, there are more distractions than at school, so I also mute notifications so I can focus. I don’t always get my work done on time, but I email teachers before-hand to let them know. I know it’s important to take breaks and take care of yourself if you want to do work well too, but I try not to take breaks for too long because then I don’t want to do any more work or forget just about it.”
Grade 7 student: “School will be much easier when I get back because I understand better how to organize things and use my time better.“
Grade 8 student: “I learned how a to-do list saved my life.“
Thank you for your support as parents and members of the UNIS Hanoi Community
Middle School Grade Level Leaders