Back Online

#sol20- November 10, 2020

We had a good run- we started the school year online- a week and a half.

Then we had two weeks of hybrid, with A group, B group alternating.

Next we had fully in person (although my last student returned just last week).

Last week… a one day visit by the Hungarian Foreign Minister- and health protocols were not followed. The next day he tested positive in Bangkok… and then a local bodyguard who supported the visit did too. More contacts were tested and the government here closed schools for two weeks, so today we were back online.

Today was very different on Zoom- this time we know each other. Kids greeted each other eagerly. We remarked that we could see each other’s faces and hear each other well (in spite of a few wifi glitches). There was a lot more laughter than the last time we Zoomed. Even though we all acknowledged we would much rather be at school, we are grateful that we are doing our best to stay safe.

Today I relearned things I forgot about Zoom, sharing links and slides, making Looms, answering messages from confused kids, and more.

We bookended our day with Morning Meeting to start and ended with a read aloud (Outside In- put it on your TBR list). In between the students made some airplanes (we are studying forces), drew a few polygons and compared them, completed an art project and may have even read a bit too. I miss them already and am in awe of those of you who have taught exclusively online this year. Back to our old (new for 2020) routines, with fingers crossed that we will have another first day back on campus soon.

Our numbers are low compared to the rest of the world and we want to keep it that way! Hoping these stats are more or less accurate.

Data from Worldometer since the start of the pandemic. (

2 thoughts on “Back Online

  1. Thank you, Erika, for this. Exactly how I feel and what I needed to hear this evening. Today was one of my most challenging days – you know I am not a last-minute person and would have coped so much better if could have worked yesterday on an agreed plan but that is me. I make mistakes when under pressure and trying to juggle too many balls that makes me feel overwhelmed.

    Anyway, stay safe and let me know what I can do – personally or professionally. Now got my two lessons out (hopefully) next week will be easier. Loved the seesaw posts and kids like Rithy thrived on the airplane making & Emma Van was just a superstar!

    You are a remarkable woman. You have a life – one that inspires others (kids and colleagues alike).

    Keep celebrating your amazingness!

    With gratitude,


    Anita Mathur | IB PYP Grade 3 International School of Phnom Penh

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  2. Hello Erika,
    I love reading your posts about how you are doing school in Cambodia. Those numbers are really low, and that is great. It does feel good to be safe. We have a lot more cases in Bahrain, but the testing and tracing program is very effective. The numbers are staying under control.

    All the best to you and your students as you get through this next Zoom chapter, Erika.

    I have been writing gratikus all week because of your post last Tuesday.

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