• Katherine Chen

What Classes are Like for MT Students During COVID-19

Hi everyone, my name is Katherine Chen and I am currently in my first year of the Primary/Junior (P/J) division in Masters of Teaching (MT) program here at OISE!

Looking back, there was no way I would have imagine that I would be starting this program through online means, yet here we are! Having done classes online for two months now, I thought sharing my experience so far would be a great first blog post.

What's Similar

There's quite a few similarities to what the MT program normally looks like. Class run Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the occasional event (such as observation days) happening on Fridays. There are two classes a day, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. I was told the MT programs had a lot of reading to do, and that certainly is holding true.

What's Different

Normally classes would be 3 hours long each, but with Zoom burnout being a very real thing, classwork is split up between synchronous and asynchronous work. Synchronous sessions are the live sessions that go for 1.5 -to 2 hours long. Typically during the synchronous sessions the lecture will do a lesson, and then we split up into breakout rooms. I find the breakout rooms one of the best parts of class, as I get to talk with my classmates and get to know them a bit!

After classes end, lectures typically keep the call open for another 30 minutes for office hours. This is another great opportunity to get to know your lectures and classmates, as well as getting those questions answered!

The rest of our learning is done through asynchronous sessions. Asynchronous work consists of readings, watching videos and writing short responses, or doing short assignments. These tasks are to help support our learning, typically related to the topic we discussed in class that week.

And that's about it! I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I found out that we would be learning online, but so far I feel like I've adjusted fairly well. It's certainly a perk that I can essentially roll out of and be ready for class. ;)

If you have any other questions about online classes/learning during the pandemic, let me know!

Stay safe and see you all next time!