16 Apr 2020

Students enthusiastic about distance learning - teacher

10:59 am on 16 April 2020

It's the beginning of a new school term and around 800,000 students went back to their studies yesterday - virtually.

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For Shyna Kesha, who teaches at William Colenso College, it was really nice to see the students in her class again, even if it was through a computer screen.

"I managed to call, mostly video call, many of my students yesterday and just really speak to them and their families about what they've been doing over the past couple of weeks."

It was a chance to reconnect and let them know what their schooling would look like over the next week or so, she said.

The students were really enthusiastic.

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"I think kids are just ready to get stuck in and beat the boredom with some of their schoolwork and I think parents are also ready to get stuck in and just help guide their kids with navigating their way through this new way of learning."

The teaching community doesn't expect parents to take on the role of a teacher, rather to support their child in the learning journey, she said.

"I think if we want to sustain this type of learning, we really need to sit down and look at what works and what doesn't work and what needs to be tweaked but for right now, it's working really well from my point of view."

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