Education institutions in Malaysia have started to welcome back students gradually into schools and classrooms with the considerations of safety and wellness of all participants for this movement all the while being in full alert on the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Looking at the levels of education, students of early childhood are encouraged to attend physical classes for the reason that they are more prone to digest what they learn face to face. Students aged 7 and above have a lesser push to be back at school because of their ability to accept education via online learning. However, the Ministry of Education stated that the need of physical classes is still encouraged for these students all the while implementing no constrictions of movement for them to learn outside the classroom. Hence, blended learning became one of the top methods adopted to pursue education by Malaysian students.
Flex learning, also known as hybrid learning, is defined as a teaching that integrates technology and digital media with traditional instructor-led classroom activities, giving students more flexibility to customize their learning experiences. It encourages participation and interactions not only with the present teacher in class but with other students. This method can also be practiced outside of four walls such as during field trips, exhibitions, outdoor activities. Flex learning gives opportunities for students to excel in various aspects and build soft skills along the way.
Initially education institutions had chosen this teaching method to adapt themselves in the compounds of school again but also in regards to keeping students and staff away from the Covid-19 disease. Yet, taking advantage of this method, education institutions have helped in flourishing their students to learn dynamically in traditional and non-traditional settings.
TPIS is among one of the education institutions that equips their teaching style using the flex learning method. We have physical and online classes, after school activities, and volunteering projects for students to join. The school molds into how the students excel in whichever area of interest and provides the best support in materials and guidance. TPIS prepares students to be flexible in adapting to different learning styles, becoming tech savvy, increasing participation in recreational activities, and tending to their safety.