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校長ブログ

1月16日(土)に本校の中学入試を行いました。このコロナ禍での入試ということで、とにかく無事に行われるように様々な準備をしました。その中の一つとして、当日に本校が休校にならないように3日前の13日(水)から中高生全員にオンライン授業を実施しました。これは高校入試の場合にも行う予定です。

中高生全員が自宅で担任や教科の教師と繋がり、朝の点呼・健康チェック、時間割に即した学習を3日間行いました。私も気になりその様子を見ましたが、なかなかしっかりと取り組んでいました。本校では今年度のスタートの休校時にもオンライン学習を行ってきましたが、教師の教科指導の内容や方法、生徒の学習状態はその時と比べて格段に進歩していました。

樟蔭中学校・高等学校では7年前に全クラスに電子黒板を設置して授業で活用するとともに、グループ学習を進めるなど、所謂アクティブ・ラーニングに取り組んできました。それまでの音一つしない授業が殆どの状態から、賑やかな授業が増えてきましたが、生徒の発言が多くなったことを喜んでいます。

オンライン学習を実施するためには環境整備をすることは当然ですが、それを続けるためには教師の力量をアップすること、しかもアップし続けることが大切です。そのために本校ではICT教育充実チームのリードのもと、技術向上のための講習会を適宜実施しています。ICTの進歩は早く目覚ましいものがあります。それを一早く取り入れ、活用できるように努めています。

新型コロナウィルスの感染については、厳しい状態がまだまだ続いています。最も大切なのは生徒の成長、特にこの状況下では生徒の学力の向上を如何に図るかということです。学校の再開後もオンライン学習を併用している科目もありますが、これからの学習スタイルは学校での授業と共にオンラインを出来るだけ活用したものを併用することが重要となって来るでしょう。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Online Lessons”

This year, the junior high school entrance examination was held on Saturday, January 16th. Due to the importance of this occasion, and the fact that we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, a number of measures were taken to ensure the safety of those participating and so that the event could proceed smoothly. As one of them, we held online classes for all junior and senior high school students from Wednesday, 13th, for three days, in order to avoid any possibility of having to close the school on the day of the entrance examinations. We also intend to follow this model leading up to the high school entrance examinations in February.

All junior and senior high school students connected with their homeroom teachers and the teachers in charge of their class subjects from home. This included conducting morning roll calls and health checks, as well as regularly scheduled lessons over the course of three days online. I was curious as to how these lessons would work out and about how they would be delivered. At Shoin, we used online learning when the school was forced to close at the start of this academic year, but the lesson contents and teaching methods, as well as the learning attitudes of students, has shown significant improvement since then.

At both Shoin Junior and Senior High School, seven years ago, we installed and continue to use electronic blackboard equipment in all classrooms. In addition to this added technology, we have also enthusiastically promoted active learning methods in lessons, such as group learning. In general, the engagement level has increased in most of the lessons that had been somewhat inactive until then. I am also pleased to report that the number of students’ positive remarks about lessons has also increased.

Initially, it was necessary to adjust and focus on the teaching environment here in order to carry out online learning, but looking forward, it is equally important to continue developing and improving the abilities and teaching skills of all teachers. To that end, our school holds seminars to improve the technology-related teaching skills of said teachers under the leadership of the ICT Education Enhancement Team. ICT technologies develop and evolve remarkably quickly and we are working hard to incorporate and utilize these valuable tools throughout the school as speedily as possible.

It is clear that the severity of the situation surrounding coronavirus will continue into the near future. What is important now, given this situation, is for us to focus on improving our student’s academic growth. A number of teachers have continued delivering lessons and lessons materials online since our school reopened, and it will be more important than ever from now to find ways to effectively blend online learning with traditional classroom-based lessons and materials here at school.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno