First-Hand Account On Online Schooling From A Fourth Grader
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First-Hand Account On Online Schooling From A Fourth Grader

While there are some positives, I do hope things return back to the “Old Normal” ASAP.

TNA Contributor

TNA Contributor

Finally!! It was coming to an end. My days as a junior program student were about to end and I was all set for my graduation to middle program. CLASS 4. Wow, we all felt so big! Me and my mates were all excited and we were making plans for 4th grade. We would go for school trips and we could go anywhere in the school (except for the senior department) and even be able to swim in the swimming pool this year! It would be so much fun.

Poof! All our plans disappeared as we heard that there was lockdown and nobody could step out of their house. Lockdown? What was a lockdown? When I asked my parents what the meaning of a lockdown was, they said that they did not know as nothing like this had happened in their generation. We were told that we would not go to school anymore but instead do our classes virtually.

At first it all felt very negative because we just had to stare at a screen and answer some questions. We were stuck in our room holding our devices with no friends around us to talk or play with, nobody with whom we could plan our naughty deeds.

We were disappointed and confused. How could we do school from home? No more fun in the bus. No more of talking with friends in the Cafeteria and going to have fun in the playground or turf. It would be so boring!

The break ended and finally it was time for the online classes to start. It was weird for the first few days because we were talking to our friends and teachers but they were not even there! It was a whole new experience and not one which was making me happy.

At first it all felt very negative because we just had to stare at a screen and answer some questions. We were stuck in our room holding our devices with no friends around us to talk or play with, nobody with whom we could plan our naughty deeds.

We all missed each other so much but at least it was a relief that we were not shuffled this year and there were all familiar faces on the screen. SCREEN!! Feels so weird just writing about seeing my friends faces on a screen and not physically.

While it took some time but after some days we have started to get used to the “NEW NORMAL” – a term which I have heard around me and thought of using it in this article though I don’t know what it means (I just want things to be normal).

Now we are able to communicate better online and our typing speed has improved because we used to chat a lot amongst ourselves (although now our teachers have become smart and have disabled the chat on Zoom). I have learned lots of new digital skills which I have used to work hard and surprise my parents by making videos for their birthdays. We have also realised how hard our teachers work to make us learn all this and have decided to be good children and be attentive in class.

While there are some positives, I do hope things return back to the “Old Normal” ASAP.

-- Aryan Talwar/Gurugram

(The author is a nine-year-old, studying at Heritage Xperiential Learning School. His hobbies include swimming, cycling, reading and cooking)

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