Ni Kadek Lina Meri Santika, Economics Teacher
I’m Lina Meri and joined as an Economics and Civics teacher at East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) on 18 January 2022, teaching for senior high grades 10, 11 and 12. The Covid-19 pandemic put everyone in a difficult situation, causing a big impact on education, especially the recent rapid spread of the Omicron Variant, which meant that I had to conduct online classes for EBPP Schools since 7th February 2022.
Therefore, I had to adapt the lesson schedule to online classes, which I teach three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with one hour for one subject so I teach 2 hours per day for Economic and Civics. I was a little nervous to prepare my first online lesson since I had to adapt to a new teaching method and strategy. First, I’d to adjust the learning materials to be suitable for online classes, using WhatsApp which EBPP teachers used since the start of Covid pandemic in March 2020 as it helped to communicate and conduct the classes easier.
Whilst the schedule for the online classes was changed to be as effective as possible, it was still challenging to deliver a lesson that requires calculation like Economics. In every class, I prepared an online-based activity that could attract students’ interest and erase their boredom. I also gave them some exercise at the end of the lesson so they could practice by themselves and have a better learning outcome.
Despite all the difficulties, our students always showed great enthusiasm in gaining new knowledge. They followed the classes well and actively participated during their learning activities. Their positive feedback lit up my spirit too, so I hope this Covid-19 pandemic will end soon and we can meet in person again. •