“Learning is more inspiring together. Learning is so much richer when together. Learning is deeper when we are together. Simply stated - learning is better together.”

Next week we will return to face-to-face classes and have our students physically on campus. I am so excited to have our community back together! The funny thing, though, is that we are referring to next week as face-to-face and yet during online learning we were “face-to-face” the entire time.

Through the amazing technology that exists today, though we have been separated physically, our students and their teachers have been getting together each day for class. They have been able to see each other and have face-to-face interaction.

Well, if that is the case, why are we excited to come back together?

I think we can all acknowledge that so much is lost when we are together through a screen. Though we can see a person’s face and interact with them in real time we would much rather do so in person. What is lost through the device is why we go to concerts, theaters, and stadiums when we could easily experience the band, performance, and games on a screen. What is lost is the reason why when traveling is possible again we will all travel thousands of miles to see our friends and family. Actually, let me restate that. Not to “see them,” we can do that online now; we will spend the money and time to travel to “be with them.”

There are so many reasons why and it would make for a long article to discuss it here, so I will skip ahead and cut to what we already know. Learning is more fun together. Learning is more encouraging together. Learning is more inspiring together. Learning is so much richer when together. Learning is deeper when we are together. Simply stated – learning is better together.

The transition back may not necessarily be easy. We will need to be patient each other. It will take time to rebuild our capacity for spending our days together again, but ultimately when we are together again, it will indeed be better.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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