Since mid-2021, all pupils of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center “Republic Pilgrim” have switched to distance learning. Before the quarantine measures, small classrooms functioned in the center, which, on the one hand, were more convenient and practical for conducting classes. Teachers came to the center from a secondary school. However, the new form of education began to bring better results, which is confirmed not only by teachers, but also by the kids.
From now on, not only teachers and educators are involved in the educational process, but also volunteers. We call them when it is necessary. The learning process has become individual. The management of the center strives to ensure that each child has a computer, since each student is engaged on the school platform in his personal electronic account. Now each class also has a separate room, and the kids do not interfere with each other. A five-day lesson schedule was also set up to meet the requirements of the mainstream school.
Most of the children accepted the new form of education positively. The kids began to better comprehend the material, which speaks of the positive impact of an individual approach to each child. If someone is lagging behind in understanding the school program, then there is an opportunity to adjust the process for each student individually. Those pupils who came to the center with a large gap in knowledge, who had missed school material due to missing classes at school, they can catch up with the material personally, without looking at other students. It is easier for them to work on themes or individual subjects, which contributes to the desire to study. The kids see their personal success, gain confidence in themselves and the strength for further learning.
“With outbreak of Covid 19, the remote form is not completely new to us.” – Explains the director of the center Tatyana Karpukhina: – “Moreover, while schools move from one mode to other, we continue to study steadily. We have a schedule close to the school timetable, and all the kids know that part of the day belongs to school activities. It also disciplines our pupils”.
As Tatyana Nikolaevna said, many kids in Pilgrim struggle with answering at the blackboard, have a number of insecurities and difficulties to do with psychological trauma, with missing school for a long time, and with family issues. They learn such materials on a platform with a teacher one-on-one and then after practicing it they have tests. “They are undoubtedly inspired by their academic success, motivated by them. There is a good atmosphere of acceptance and friendliness in each class” – says the director of the center.
Of course, the new form of education also brought a number of difficulties, the first of which is insufficient technical support: the center does not have enough computers for every kid. In addition, for the most part, the computers of the center are very outdated. Breakdowns occur periodically. Another difficulty is the lack of personnel: teachers and volunteers who are ready to devote time to the pilgrims. However, the employees of the children’s rehabilitation center, despite their worries, after the first months of training, can say that the team copes with the tasks and new challenges: the kids manage to learn the school material; they get good grades and move forward in their development.
Yura, the 6th Grade: “This form of education is like heaven on earth for me. I used to try to run away from school. I didn’t understand anything, but now I have started to succeed in many subjects, and I don’t feel like an outcast anymore”.