What viewers don’t know: Backstage of All-Ukrainian School Online project

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

What is going behind the scenes of the project for teachers, told the Lyceum No.157 history teacher Serhiy Berendeev
14:32, 16 April 2020

All-Ukrainian School Online
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The first week of the "All-Ukrainian School Online" project started with video lessons for students of grades 5-11. During this time, the teachers of the virtual school received a lot of criticism in their address because of the format of conducting lessons, the way of presenting information and errors, which often caught the eye of the audience. Against this background, many began to poke fun at the importance of carrying out such projects, noting that they could not even be a distant alternative to schooling.

The problem is that when quarantine was announced and distance learning was organized in schools, it was organized in different ways: someone succeeded, immediately a system was established (if we take a look at most of Kyiv), and if we take regions, neither many teachers do not have computers or laptops at home nor can conduct online lessons. We are not even talking about rural schools where there is no such possibility at all.

Therefore, the question arose - what to do. But there is a lot of criticism from parents on the topic of what distance education is, when a homework is dropped in viber, a big load on children is present. Therefore, it was proposed to organize online projects on television.

The first was the Kyiv television channel, there lessons have been going on for a month now. I also took part in it (gave one of the first lessons). And since April 6, the Ministry of Education has joined us, this is a project initiated by the president. And, in principle, lessons are developed here for all classes for all tastes. And if it is not possible for children to receive distance education from an educational institution fully, then, please, television will organize these projects for you.

The problem, in my opinion, is that for the majority of these lessons, it is not the children who are the target audience who evaluate them, but the parents who say that they need to be told like this, like that, but at the same time complain that this they cannot explain the material to the child. But they continue to criticize teachers.

Here's another important question that most teachers who take part in these online projects face several problems. First, when you work in a class, you already know this class, the characteristics of each child, his pace, the forms of work that are most interesting to him. And millions are watching you on television, and as a result, not everyone likes this lesson format: someone needs a teacher with a fast pace, someone needs a calmer one.

Another point: the standard lesson, which explains the topic, lasts 45 minutes, and here are the lessons, as we see, at most 30 minutes, and teachers are asked to keep within 25 minutes. Therefore, the teacher needs a material designed for 45 minutes, but squeeze it in 20-25 minutes. And, as a result, it is clear that teachers either rush or choose only the material that they will have time to explain to the children (as a rule, they explain difficult moments), and something remains for independent study. For example, under the video they leave links to presentations, additional materials. Therefore, it is clear that teachers are in a hurry, they make certain mistakes.

Of course, I agree with part of the criticism that some teachers really had rather gross errors in various subjects, and, unfortunately, these errors continue. But, again, the people who organize this educational process should have a different approach to its implementation. It is necessary that the drafting committee responsible for the release view these lessons with the same teacher or with some other responsible person, a specialist who would monitor these errors. Then such blunders would not have arisen. Because no one says that they record 2, 4, 5 lessons per day with one teacher. And it is clear that the teacher is tired.

In addition, basically these recordings are voluntary, that is, teachers are not paid for anything, it turns out that in the morning the teacher conducts online lessons for his school, his children, and then in the afternoon he goes to television to record these lessons. Moreover, no one ever says that teachers during quarantine actually risk their health and life, go on a record (or take a taxi, or a minibus picks them up, or get on their own) and enter the studio, where, again, a lot people work for all day, or at the same school where the lesson is filmed (in Novopecherska). And actually they can get sick. And then no one will thank them for this and will not pay any compensation. It is generally hushed up. Therefore, it is clear that if such criticism from the side of the parents continues, then they risk staying on their own with the educational program and the conditions that exist at the moment. After all, teachers will not want to participate in such projects in such difficult conditions, and then also hear a lot of dirt about them.

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For example, when the project started on the Kyiv TV channel, there was also some criticism at first, but over time everything worked out. Because, as a rule, in a week after it started, at first it is watched by everyone who wants and does not want to watch. And in the future there remain those who are really interested. Because, unfortunately, the problem of online education shows one thing - children who want to study, and parents who are interested in having children study, are happy to accept such projects, watch these lessons. Whoever is not interested, who does not want to study, they will not watch it anyway.

It is also often said that, the teacher did not completely cover the topic and the like. For a long time, both the Ministry and teachers say that there is a requirement of parents to make the child know how to work with educational material, and the teacher would be only a mentor who would explain the main points. And now we see a great opportunity - the teacher explains the most difficult moments, and part of the material remains for children to process. But the problem is that these are the same parents, because they used to work all the time and did not particularly monitor what tasks the children had and how they performed them. Now, when they were at home with the children, it seems to them that a lot of homework began to be set, although in reality they are asked the same amount, just parents now see that the children could not do it before or did not do as much as they should.

Therefore, again, when parents wanted the introduction of home education, and, according to the law "On Education", the desire became a reality (when parents cannot send their children to school, but teach them independently at home), then, as we see, parents were completely unprepared for this format of training. Although the parents themselves say that the teachers were allegedly not ready for distance education.

For teachers, the biggest problem with distance education is the lack of an adequate material base, because not everyone has computers, not everyone has the corresponding programs, especially quality programs. In particular, the same Zoom, the full version of which is paid (and you can conduct the lesson only in the cut-off time, then you need to reconnect).

Also the big problem of these online lessons is that when teachers come, they are used to having children in the classroom, and, using mathematics as an example, they explain the material, then the children solve the example, and they immediately discuss this topic with them. And in an empty class it is impossible to do this, so the teacher needs to adapt to this, choose the appropriate new format and make it more interesting.

Moreover, viewers do not know what conditions set for teachers. That is, you must conduct a classic lesson, you are allowed to lead it, as you like, even dance, or you were told that there should be a certain format, because you are a teacher. After all, if you tell some joke there, then that's all, this is no longer a format.

Another problem is that quarantine began on March 12, and the Ministry launched this project only now, and as a result, there is a problem that some schools quarantined earlier because of SARS, and everyone has different programs. Therefore, teachers still receive a lot of criticism due to the fact that they talk about topics that children have long studied. They say: "Why do I need this lesson, they tell me what I learnt 4 more lessons ago?" Therefore, such inconsistency arises purely in terms of programs.

Also, one more point regarding the elongation and, conversely, the reduction of some lessons. I don’t know who provides these programs to teachers, because on each channel they do it differently: either the teacher independently composes, or he is provided with their Ministry, or a TV channel, but in these programs, as I see from the material that the teachers tell , some topics, for example, are very extended, over several lessons. And the program provides for only one, to cover them in these 25 minutes. And some topics, on the contrary, are narrowed. And because of this, many parents or students complain that the topic is not fully covered. But here, as I said, the problem is the format for television itself.

In general, I believe that such lessons are a necessary thing. It would be nice if these lessons in all subjects were filmed for the future, because we still have quarantine every year due to SARS and the flu. Such projects are needed. But it is worth finalizing the format itself, making remuneration for teachers and, again, selecting the really best who already have relevant experience, who have proven themselves during this time, whose lessons are the most rated, have an interesting format. And to make such a thing permanent. I think this will be in corresponding demand.

There is still such a moment that many teachers have now launched their channels and are filming their lessons. Therefore, any conditions have been created for training: if you do not like online lessons, you can find something else on YouTube. However, I think that many people still like the project, because it makes it possible to get knowledge exactly where there is no access to education. Especially for regions or for rural schools.

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