Peter stanzel’s school day starts at 7 a.M.30 o’clock. Start up computer, prepare files and spreadsheets. The 33-year-old class teacher of the middle school in bad neustadt sits in his office in euerdorf, his personal teacher’s room at the same time. Where exactly his school of 8. He can only guess at the class in bad neustadt, 30 kilometers away.
Since the end of the christmas vacations, distance learning has been the order of the day. In times of homeschooling, he is digitally connected to them. "I can see who of my 23 students is logged into our digital classroom. But whether they are sitting at a desk or lying in bed, I don’t see it!"
When the virtual hand calls
At 7.45 o’clock stanzel goes online – for the morning round with his students. They are connected to him through MS teams. This is a platform developed by microsoft that combines chats, meetings, notes and attachments. Classes start at 8 a.M. Stanzel’s pupils are present by name on the user list on his screen. When someone wants to say something, he speaks up. A hand symbol indicates this. "We have agreed that the video function should remain switched off, otherwise the connection is not always stable, says the young teacher.
Technically, the software works well. He only sees difficulties when it comes to the endgerate of the schools. "In many cases, the girls and boys only have cell phones or tablets with small screens and no printers. That’s not ideal for working with worksheets." Stanzel, who had studied german and physical education for the gymnasium, has completed an additional qualification to work at the middle school. Now he gives german, math, GPG (history/politics/geography), NT (nature and technology) and sports. "I just have to set my tasks in such a way that there is not so much to write", he explains.
Clear daily structure from 8 a.M. To 1 p.M
But it is very important to him in homeschooling that the students have a clear daily structure. The core time is set from 8 a.M. To 1 p.M. Therefore at 8 o’clock sharp, morning conference with all students. If some are missing, he can see it on the user list in the software. "I report the missing ones to the secretary’s office. After all, we have compulsory school attendance!" He usually starts the morning conference with a round of technical and academic questions. "But the students can also tell us what else keeps them busy!" After that, the digital conference will be used to go into the subject matter in greater depth and to discuss new material. If there are any questions, he can see them on the virtual hand-raiser. "I then call them up!" A classroom conversation like in the analog classroom is no substitute for that. However, "I send the files and my powerpoint presentation to all the students so they can work on their homework themselves. This will even help one or the other to understand the material better."
This conference lasts about two hours. In the first few days after the vacations, he says, it went very smoothly. After the digital input – around ten o’clock – it’s the turn of the students to do their booklet entries and their assignments. "I have photos sent to me to reassure myself that they have done their jobs. On the other hand, I can already give some initial feedback, for example on math", tells stanzel.
For the most part his teachers are reliable. "95 percent of them send their assignments to me. My PC flashes every few minutes when the photos arrive", he laughs. And the ones who don’t send it back are usually the ones who always have to be nudged in normal lessons, too. "And those who are good at prasenz are also good at distanz", FEMALE. He has already had to decide several times whether to remind the students themselves of missing homework or to call their parents.
Some loan rates for schoolchildren
It could also be that some students send their assignments later, far after the agreed core time. "However, this may also be due to the fact that, for example, one of the family’s tablets or pcs is occupied by siblings", stanzel has experienced. Some of the children have also received laptops on loan from the school. But: "after 5 p.M. Is really the end of the day for me. Otherwise you can’t get out of the hamster wheel." And stanzel has a word of praise for his students: "they stick to it!"
It’s going better than the first lockdown
Unlike the first lockdown in spring 2020. He has already got math problems back at 12 o’clock at night and improved them. "It really works much better now. Also with the colleagues. MS teams are made up of the entire teaching staff. People help each other a lot!", says stanzel. However, he freely admits that his feelings as a class leader are sometimes on a roller coaster ride. "One time I feel really cool when everything works out. Half an hour later, however, there’s a deep blow – and I ask myself how we’re going to manage everything until the qualification exam." But this could also happen in normal prasenz classes. Michael noth