10 positives of the COVID-19 pandemic
|More sleep Probably the best part! Rolling out of bed 10 minutes before you need to be in registration had never been better. It also helped us to focus better; there wasn’t really any reason to fall asleep in lessons anymore.
||Distractions Whether in your home or camera, or in someone else's camera, distractions have come in many forms. But, where in class it would just happen, on Zoom it gets recorded, so it can be played back later.|
|Less travel When your usual journey is 1 hour of sitting in a school bus of 12 students, mostly under the age of 12, having your travel time changed to ‘how fast can you run down the stairs?’ was a welcome change.
||No Wi-Fi, no learning When your in one of the few schools that actually has online learning, you can't really complain. But this issue did cause us to be randomly missing out on learning time and having a 1 or 2 day holiday because you can't do anything else was an interesting experience.|
|Everything is in one place; Online textbooks, resources, our work, contact to teachers, the list is almost endless.
Control, or lack of Unfortunately for teachers, their level of control dwindled majorly. They couldn't confiscate anything via Zoom. They only have the options of muting you or asking you to unmute, asking you to turn on your camera or kick you out of the Zoom session altogether. The most common punishment, the detention, went extinct. And contacting the parent, when the parent is the distraction can't be easy either.
|Less books to carry around Where the average scholar is carrying around 4-5 x 1-2 inch textbooks, the change of being able to leave them on the coffee table in the lounge was very welcome.
|Just Being at Home among your family allows you to relax and actually take more in, making your education time more worthwhile.
|Less hassle for teachers This one can definately be argued with. My point is that they are not required to crack the code of their students' handwriting as much as before and they have more time for preparing and behind-the-scenes work as there is no travel time.|