From karaoke to tick tock, Auckland teachers are using every tactic they can think of to get their students interested in learning through lockdown.
Sir Edmund Hillary College Principal Kerry Torketto said last year’s experience in lockdown was not new and was making it difficult to please students.
“This time it’s different, we’ve done it before and it’s ‘Oh no, here we go again.’ So the enthusiasm among the students is less than it was last time.”
He said teachers have to make extra time to make sure their students are doing well.
“It’s almost like everyone on the deck has become a personal trainer, a life coach,” he said.
When the nation moved to Alert Level 4 last month, Sir Edmund Hillary’s English and social studies teacher Europa Lusa smashed his microphone into the dust and restarted his emergency entertainment channel.
He said he started recording and posting his karaoke online during the national lockdown last year to entertain his family and friends.
But when he returned to school, he found that the students had discovered him and liked him.
“A lot of our students came to my YouTube channel and said, ‘Sir, I see you’re recording your karaoke and it’s great to see you do that.’
He said he used karaoke as a way to share positive energy with his students during the lockdown and yes, he accepts applications.
Tick tock teacher.
Rena Zhou, a teacher at Glenfield College of Business Studies, has adopted the video-sharing network Tik Tok to complete her students’ lessons.
“I know a lot of them are on their phones during the lockdown and maybe not so busy learning, so I thought maybe I’ll just make a tick talk and say something brief about my article, I will upload educational videos for students to use on their phone but also on a platform they like to use.
And it works.
He said, “Students have said that the videos help them understand more and I have received some comments from random students who are not from Glenfield College and saying that the videos have also helped them. ۔ “
Zhou said it was important to set up a task that was not so difficult that it closed students and included sessions that were previously about entertainment.
“Fun zoom calling is not always about learning, so we’re trying to combine that a bit so that people can still come to Google classrooms and meet with teachers and talk in a positive way,” he said. “
Games and challenges.
“Children are deep learners,” said Kirsten Rich, a 5-6 year old teacher at Randock Park School in Menorca.
“I’m really excited about how exciting they are. They really enjoy coming online and at this age they can actually learn how the internet works and use their devices better,” he said. How to work. “
Rich said he suspects the online session gave the children a break from the routine at home.
“As soon as we’re online, many of them are constantly chatting because they are so excited to see their friends,” he said.
He said that the biggest challenge was technical, issues like children’s internet connection were eliminated during the video session.
However, he said some students are less motivated to work and quizzes and competitions are helpful in getting them involved.
Students look for stimuli.
Glenfield student Emily Freestone said she lost interest in going to school during the first few days of the current lockdown, but established a routine that kept her on track.
He said, “One day or two I found a good routine, I did things that encouraged me. For example, before school I would go for a good walk. It would wake me up, it would make my mind up. Will work. ” .
He said that earlier this year he set himself the goal of achieving NCEA Level 3 Excellence certification and that it helped keep him on track.
Papatito High student Lyric Te Ao said he found it difficult to cheer at the best time, so the lockdown was a bit of a struggle.
“Since the lockdown began, all my motivations to do school work or do things have completely disappeared,” he said.
“It was great that my teachers found me guilty. I’m delaying all the lockdowns, the only thing that motivates me is my inner work and I just have to hurry,” he said.