The situation with the pandemic and the suspension of classes was a surprise for everyone. Despite this, Monnet International School immediately began to teach remotely
. The school electronic register has had a positive impact – giving virtual contact to everyone is has enabled a smooth transition to another form of school work.
Within four days, the entire school, all students and teachers – from kindergarten to high school – were connected to one Microsoft Teams platform. The forms of classes are varied. Students are divided into smaller groups due to efficiency. Some of them are delighted with new ways of working. Some, however, yearn for direct contacts with teachers and peers. Some parents are also very happy with the transition. Here is an excerpt of an email from the mother of two elementary school students:
“Please congratulate teachers that they have embraced the new changes so quickly, that they have patience and willingness to work with students remotely. I’ve noticed that some classes have gained new energy, they are more interesting. And students – much more disciplined. This is an amazing turn in all this turmoil.
Another undoubted advantage is that we were able to hold the first virtual meeting of parents. It was nice and effective. Nobody had to make it to school for the given hour, get stuck in traffic, get nervous – this is something that we can use in the future. Congratulations to you, as the school founder, that it all works!”
We organize remote teacher meetings. We were able to have a very successful online information meeting for high school and kindergarten candidates. After the Easter break, thanks to the possibilities offered by the Internet, there will be recruitment to elementary and high school. And we do it all for the first time.
For sure, we will continue to use the Microsoft Teams platform after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Perhaps we will also organize some of the meetings of teachers and meetings with parents remotely, especially in winter, when traffic jams in Warsaw are a real nightmare. We will also partially transfer the school promotion and meetings for the candidates to the “cloud”. This will enable us to contact the candidates more often and more fully.
Certainly, the suspension of regular classes has taught us all to appreciate direct interactions more. Students, teachers, school management, school administration – we all miss them very much!
Hanna Buśkiewicz-Piskorska, Director, Monnet International School