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Covid-19 Archive, Y10 PBL: School

This LibGuide is a Year 10 Project Based Learning effort to capture the experiences of members of the CIS community from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and forward. It is a living document, initiated during the 2021-2022 school year.

Dou Lao Shi 竇 老 師: Year 6 Chinese Teacher

“I think the biggest impact of COVID in my life is that I haven't been able to go back to my hometown for two years to see my parents, my younger brother, and my nephew and niece. We can only talk virtually through phone calls or facetime. But I really want to hug my nephew and niece. The impact of the COVID on work is also huge, and I think it has affected primary students a lot. In class, students can help each other and we can do group activities. Primary students are also so energetic, they are always moving and playing around, so these group activities are very necessary. I think the interaction between students is very beneficial. The students come to the school not only to learn from us [the teachers] but also to learn from each other. But COVID has disrupted that, making us move to online classes for more than half a year last year. In fact, it is very unfortunate because we (Primary School) have to resume online classes after this Friday. In online classes, I notice that it is difficult for students to interact with each other. And since there’s no supervision, and the kids are still young, not every child can have the self-discipline to do their work and focus. This requires us to rack our brains to think of some interesting activities, and also to cooperate with parents. So, the pandemic has definitely increased the difficulty of teaching. For me personally, I think before the pandemic, I socialized more with my colleagues and my friends. Because of the epidemic, I have more time to spend with myself, so I started to read more books, or watch more documentaries, and I’ve been practicing calligraphy a lot too. I noticed that many of these activities revolve around me, rather than my relationship with others. I guess it has allowed me to reflect more on myself.”

“我 覺 得 疫 情 在 我 生 活 中 最 大 的 影 響 就 是 我 已 經 兩 年 沒 有 回 我 的 家 鄉 看 我 的 父 母 , 看 我 的 弟 弟 , 還 有 我 的 姪 子 姪 女 們 了。 我 們 只 能 在 網 上 還 有 打 電 話 的 時 候 聊 聊 天 , 但 是 我 真 的 很 想 抱 抱 我 的 姪 子 和 姪 女。 疫 情 在 工 作 上 的 影 響 呢 也 滿 大 的 , 我 覺 得 在 小 學 同 學 們 身 上 影 響 特 別 大。 如 果 在 教 室 裡 , 同 學 們 可 以 互 相 幫 忙 和 討 論 , 我 們 也 可 以 做 小 組 活 動。 這 些 都 是 學 習 很 重 要 的 一 部 分 , 小 學 生 精 力 充 沛 , 總 是 要 動、 要 玩 , 所 以 這 些 課 堂 小 組 活 動 是 很 有 必 要 的。 同 學 們 之 間 的 互 動 是 非 常 的 有 益 處 , 同 學 們 來 學 校 不 止 是 從 我 們 老 師 學 習 而 也 是 互 相 的 學 習。 但 這 疫 情 就 打 斷 了 學 習 的 節 奏 , 使 我 們 去 年 大 半 年 都 在 線 上 上 課。 其 實 很 遺 憾 , 因 為 我 們 (小 學) 在 這 個 星 期 五 之 後 又 要 去 上 網 課 了。 在 網 課 中 , 我 會 看 到 同 學 們 之 間 很 難 互 動。 而 且 由 於 沒 有 我 們 的 指 導 , 孩 子 們 還 小 , 不 是 每 個 孩 子 都 能 自 律 的 專 心 停 課 或 做 作 業。 這 就 需 要 我 們 絞 盡 腦 汁 地 想 一 些 有 趣 的 活 動 , 同 時 也 有 跟 家 長 配 合。 所 以 , 疫 情 肯 定 是 把 教 學 的 難 度 增 加 了。 那 對 我 個 人 來 說 , 我 覺 得 還 沒 有 疫 情 時 , 我 跟 我 的 同 事 , 還 有 我 的 朋 友 社 交 是 比 較 多 的。 那 因 為 疫 情 , 我 有 更 多 自 己 跟 自 己 相 處 的 時 間 , 所 以 我 會 看 更 多 的 書 , 或 者 是 紀 錄 片 , 還 有 就 是 寫 毛 筆 字 等 等。 這 些 很 多 活 動 都 是 圍 繞 著 自 己 的 , 而 不 是 自 己 跟 別 人 的 關 係 , 我 想 這 讓 我 對 自 己 有 了 更 多 的 反 思。”

Jackie Tseng 曾老師: Year 6 Chinese Teacher

“I am a Y6 homeroom teacher, and I have worked at CIS for 27 years now. When covid started, the teacher’s interactions with students were minimized. At first, we felt nervous and confused, because some students’ internet connection was horrible. But gradually, we got used to it, and eventually returned to campus. It is quite challenging to teach on zoom because I don’t know what my students are doing behind their screens, whether it’s focusing in class or getting distracted by other things. It is a bit like “policing” because I have to constantly check on the students. Before virtual learning, we could immediately observe the child’s reaction to our class, and children could ask questions without feeling embarrassed. This is why we teachers try to arrange more interactive projects to do with the students online. In my classes right now, I use Quizlet live and breakout rooms(for discussions with friends and classmates) to make it more interactive.” “ The covid outbreak did not affect my private life very much as every day is the same for me. Either way, I like my job very much as I think CIS gives teachers a lot of freedom and encourages us to be creative with the students. This is what I like the most about our school. Even though I have taught at CIS for 27 years, the students I teach are different each year and because of that, I think of every year as a new beginning. That’s why I always say, “The first year of 27”. Also, seeing my students improve is what makes me happy. If you compare their essays from the beginning of the year and now, it is evident that everyone has improved. Therefore, when students improve, I’m even happier than them!”

「我是一名六年級的中文老師,我在CIS已經27年了。疫情開始,我們老師跟學生互動少了很多。 一開始,我們很慌,因為有些學生的網絡一點也不好,上課時會掉十次線。但慢慢地,我們習慣了 ,也回到了學校。而最近,我的學生再次轉移到了網課。教網課很有挑戰性,因為我不知道我的學 生在屏幕後面做什麼。我不知道他們到底有沒有專心上課,還是在分心玩電腦,玩手機。我有點 像一個警察,因為我必須要不斷的眼觀四方。以前,我們老師一看就知道孩子對課堂的反應,他 們也不會怕問問題。現在,我們這能看到他們的臉。為了讓學生更投入學習,我們老師努力安排 了更多的互動活動,與學生在網上進行有效的交流。在我的課堂中,我會使用Quizlet與分組討論 室(可以跟朋友同學討論)。 疫情並沒有對我的私人生活造成很大影響,因為每天都是一樣的。不管怎樣,我都非常喜歡我的 工作,因為我認為CIS給了老師很多自由,還會鼓勵我們創造新的題目。這是我最喜歡我們學校的 地方。儘管我在CIS已經教了27年,但我覺得每年都是新的一年,新的一天。每個孩子的需要都是 不同的,所以每年都是一個新的挑戰。所以我常常會說:「The first year of 27」。還有,最讓我快樂 的就是看到學生進步。如果把他們以前的文章跟現在比較,進步真的會很明顯。所以,學生進步 是我比他們都開心!」