In response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Qatar and the directive from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), ISL Qatar campus is currently closed until further notice. Our school remains operational through our virtual learning system.
It is crucial that we continue to focus on inquiry, collaboration and connection while continuously design learning experiences that are not dependent on physical space as we move into the virtual learning space. In order to guarantee that our students are comfortable in their new environment, we have created the Online Learning Procedures.
These are interesting times, and the closure of schools in Qatar certainly presents some challenges to us all. However, I believe that through well-designed learning experiences we can overcome the difficulties of the students not coming to school and meeting face to face with the teachers.
It is very clear that learning does not have to stop because students and teachers are not physically in the same building. Indeed, what we have already seen at ISL Qatar is that the teachers have been involved in a huge amount of learning themselves as they consider what a ‘passion for learning’ looks like when it is happening entirely online. I have seen a tremendous amount of collaboration, across grade levels and subject areas, as the teachers have worked together sharing their knowledge of internet resources, software or websites that they may have already used successfully. We have all been required to consider how we can harness the power of the internet to create great learning experiences when the school is closed to the students. At the same time, teachers are being challenged to consider their role as facilitator’s of learning rather than as the holder of knowledge.
While we are clearly facing a difficult situation, I do believe that the teachers of ISL Qatar can make this situation work to the benefit of the students, and that with your support we can create something positive. However, and as I have mentioned before, it is extremely important that we maintain good communication between the school, the parents, and the students. We do realise that the coming days will be equally difficult for parents until routines and expectations are established. It is extremely important that you do let us know if there are any issues that you need assistance with. Please feel free to contact the ISL Qatar IT support team, Teachers, the Primary and Secondary School Leadership teams, or myself at any point that you feel that we can help you with problems that you or your children are facing. Of course, it would also be nice to hear from you if you have any positive feedback to share with us.
Finally, I have attached an article titled ‘5 Questions Answered for Parents to Support Online Student Success’ that may help you with some of the questions that you might have regarding how you might be able to best support your children at this time.
Qatar Ministry of Public Health
World Health Organization, Coronavirus