Jemma from Gauteng (age 11) shares her tips for online learning*
“My sailing instructions for my fellow crew members sailing in the uncharted waters of online learning:
Set up a workspace, with stationery and all the books needed for the lesson.
Create A Routine
Stick to a routine like a normal school day.
It is tempting to make a TikTok while on a Zoom call or messaging friends to discuss our captain’s terrible uniform but rather focus on the lesson.
Set A Schedule
Make a schedule of all Zoom lessons and the codes as well as when assignments are due to be handed in.
I have found that I learn best by participating, asking questions, and taking notes.
Schedule Time With Friends
Taking a break to have a laugh with my crew is one of my favourite times in the day.
I am feeling a bit claustrophobic stuck on my ship and look forward to getting back on shore.
Our Grade 5 curriculum remains the same even when sailing in uncharted waters, the wind will still push the ship forward and the anchor will still hold the ship in place when it reaches the shore.”
*As taken from Jansen, J. and O’Ryan, E. (2020). Learning under Lockdown: Voices of South Africa’s Children. Cape Town: CNA Publishers.