Challenges for virtual classes.
Having classes online offers challenges which includes too much screen time and screen fatigue. We are very aware of these issues and are taking steps to proactively and creatively address these concerns. For example, our students will continue to use paper textbooks that will allow them to look away from the screen for part of the lesson. Math teachers will give mental calculation problems and tell students to close their eyes, lean back comfortably in their chair, and work out the problem in their heads. Closing eyes helps children relax. To reduce physical fatigue, we will use regularly scheduled five-minute breaks, during which students will be doing physical exercises, such as stretches and jumping jacks all together; children have quite enjoyed these small breaks with their teacher. And the list goes on.
Opportunities for virtual education are the most important - no extra risk added for getting COVID.
Virtual classes offer more both in terms of how subjects are taught and what subjects we can offer. Our teachers are changing the format of classes to make them more interactive and even adding elements of “edutainment”, e.g. specially chosen math games. We have also added many new classes. In addition to our usual roster of Math, English, Russian, Chess, and Art, we are adding new subjects such as Geography, Ancient History, Graphic design, and even Yoga for Children! Watch our growing list of subjects for more offerings. Most of these new classes will be offered on weekday afternoons