Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School
Dear teachers, students and parents,
This weekend is the 3rd week of Term 3. Last weekend, 97% students in average attended our online classes including prep, year 1-11 students and some year 12 students who returned campus learning. I would like to give a big thumb to all our teachers, students and parents, especially the year 12 students who came from various suburbs and accomplished some critical parts of VCE Chinese exams. They are so brave and determined to accomplish their VCE learning at this very difficult time. However, considering the rising concern about the COVID-19 outbreak and harsher restrictions in Victoria, we have to make all the VCE 12 students come back to online learning as the students in other year levels from this coming weekend. We will try our best to follow all the restrictions and regulations required by the government and DET and make suitable adjustments for our teaching. Therefore, it is very important that we keep connected with each other online.
From Thursday 24 July, all the people living in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire must wear a face covering when leaving home to stop the spread of COVID-19. People are only allowed to leave home for four reasons, shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise and study and work if you can’t do it from home. A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face covering but you must carry one with you. You are required to wear a face covering on public transport or when sharing a car with anyone outside your family. Based on the current situation, parents are no longer allowed to collect student exercise books on campus. We would send you digital copy of exercise books for printing at home. If you need to collect new textbooks, please contact us by emails.
Recently some parents contacted me talking about their concerns about online learning. They understand that online learning is the only way to keep children safe at home. However they are very frustrated when they have to work at home themselves while taking care of children’s learning online. I fully understand parents’ pressure and it is an unprecedented experience for all of us. A friend recommended an article to me on Herald Sun written by Jill Fitzsimons, a local education expert talking about the tips for dealing with remote learning and I would like to share it with you.
First advice is about kids distracting the other kids. Jill suggested to get on the front foot in a positive way by having a family meeting when everyone can discuss what is and isn’t OK during home learning, including the consequences for anyone who doesn’t follow through with what they agreed to.
About whether it is ok for kids to do their home schooling in their bedrooms, she said ideally children should do their home schooling outside of their bedrooms.
What could parents do if both kids need help at the same time? She suggested to have a quick chat to them about what they need help with. One question could be really quick and the other might take some time. Parents could ask them both if there’s something they could go on with while you help the other. Positive affirmations are key here too. Parents could thank other child for being patient and for going on with something while they waited.
About keeping remote learning fun, Jill thought attitude is very important. Children pick up on adult’s cues so seeing home learning as a positive opportunity to learn in a different way is key. Children love games too, so using educational games can help break up the day. The other way to keep things fun is to allow children to use different tools to demonstrate learning. They can make videos, build models, record podcasts, do research and take photos etc. The more children feel they have choice and voice, the more fun it usually seems.
Let’s keep safe and healthy at this difficult stage.