Exam bound students return to school

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Tomorrow marks a big day for education in Malaysia! As the country shifts from disruption to recovery, schools are expected to reopen and welcome the return of all teachers and half a million students from examination bound classes from across Malaysia. This is exciting for students as they get to see their friends again and experience the familiarity of having lessons face-to-face! 

To ensure that the health and safety of students remains an utmost priority, a majority of the student population will still be expected to learn from home and will await further news on how they will be returning to school in stages.

 

Embrace e-learning and its permanent role in education

As Malaysia navigates her way back after CMO, many teachers and parents in our Learn From Home community on Facebook are wondering how new norms will impact education in Malaysia. 

We asked Cheryl Ann Fernando, the teacher that inspired the film Adiwiraku now Country Director of Global School Leadership (GSL) Malaysia, about her thoughts on how education will move forward with the ‘new norm’ (Norma Baharu Pendidikan).

“New norms in education means that teachers may not rely on traditional methods of teaching. This means to use new teaching practices such as incorporating digital tools or online resources to teach.”

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The expectation when teachers return to school is to make use of the available school facilities to expand their teaching methods for the remaining students that are learning from home. Imagine the relief to be able to use facilities such as the photocopier to print learning resources for the first time in months! 

While a blessing, we also urge teachers to no longer assume that traditional education is the best method of education. E-learning is catching up and will surpass traditional methods such as chalk-and-talk. Schools must help prepare their students to be globally competitive in a I-want-it-now society by assisting teachers with compatible digital tools and various learning content to make that happen so that no child is left behind!

 

Working together to support the teaching and learning community

It takes a village to raise a child. 

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Working together and helping each other is a big part of school culture which is why there’s such strong comradery between teachers, students, Parent Teacher Association (PIBG) and school staff! Whether it’s organising Sports Day or participating in a national competition, the secret recipe to successful initiatives comes down to the strength of collaborative relationships within the teaching and learning community.

The level of collaboration for creating a sustainable e-learning culture in school is uniquely dependent on the school’s strengths. Your school may be a rural school or a school with special needs students however, when you work together towards a vision, no obstacle can stand in your way when you have a community to support schools in utilising online learning content and digital tools to keep lessons fresh and engaging for students!

Be prepared for the push and pulls of distance learning

 

"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." Winston Churchill

 

Unfortunately, disruptions can happen at any given time - a natural disaster, haze season and yes, a global pandemic which calls for the needs for students to be able to have classes conducted online and their ability to learn from home independently as well! A great way to ensure schools face minimal interruption is to include digital best practices in classrooms so that learning happens anytime, anywhere!

In other words, what are the lessons we’ve learnt from this pandemic and what can we do to grow this nation better, stronger and wiser? Adopting e-learning best practices can be as simple as transitioning physical work documents online such as lesson plans or to start an homework initiative where homework is done digitally. We must aspire to take this opportunity during the new norm to rebuild the nation for a brighter future for generations to come!

E-learning is here to stay and Malaysia needs to be updated with the times if we want our students to be globally competitive. Where there’s a will there’s a way and any kind of effort is significant to making a difference in education! As long as we have the HEART and determination to make a difference, we can shape education to transition smoothly between best teaching and learning practices to withstand the test of time.