Assemblies and Tutor Time
Our British online school makes distance learning engaging by allowing students to participate in mainstream school activities.
We host assemblies for each year group once a week. Students are requested to attend online assemblies according to their group schedule. Assemblies allow our student body to celebrate important days like Earth Day, World Literacy Day, Children’s Day, etc.
In addition to this, we organise presentations on core IWS values like kindness, honesty, sharing, and other good acts. Concepts introduced in the assemblies are reinforced in class through discussions and group assignments. Older students will learn about cyberbullying, peer pressure and other age-appropriate topics.
Sometimes we celebrate space week, water safety week etc., to align with lessons students might learn in class.
These activities increase social awareness, introduce cultural events, and create a community spirit amongst our online learners. In turn, it teaches them that digital learning doesn’t have to be isolated, allowing students to feel they are a valued part of the IWS community.
Tutor time is a critical component of our school day.
The IW School Development Programme states the following:
We assign a UK qualified educator as “Form Tutor” for each year. Designated tutors observe student behavior inside the class to monitor academic and interpersonal learning progress. Their primary goal is to focus on providing care and academic support to IWS students. They do this by motivating shy learners to actively participate in class and inculcating a passion for learning in each child.
Despite being an online school, IWS aims to create a proper routine for learners. We do this by starting every school day with an assembly or tutoring session each year. Having a well-structured and holistic educational environment allows students to focus on their studies. It also gives them a chance to build meaningful relations with their peers and the teaching faculty.
More importantly, beginning school days with assemblies and tutor time prepares learners for their virtual classes. It gets them into a study mode to ensure that they settle in before the lesson begins.