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Sayali Joshi Friday, 4 September 2020

Teachers on Virtual Classes

Sayali Joshi
Friday, 4 September 2020

Teachers on Virtual Classes

The situation of COVID19, we all have been tackling for 7 months now and we don’t yet know when will it all get over? and when we will get back to our old normal lives? Raising the questions to old normal, to this new normal and the next coming normal we all are gradually learning one thing that is ADAPTATION. Yes, not only students but now teachers are getting used to things they never have tried before.

The slow pace of change in academic institutions globally is lamentable, with centuries-old, lecture-based approaches to teaching, entrenched institutional biases, and outmoded classrooms. However, COVID-19 has become a catalyst for educational institutions worldwide to search for innovative solutions in a relatively short period of time. Every teacher, may that be of primary school, secondary school to graduations and post graduations are all gearing up to match the flow of time with intentions of providing their students the needed knowledge. Teachers play a vital role in making a student’s life socially active, preparing him for the next phase of education, teaching things that will make him more responsible towards duties, and solving doubts and the list never ends. But when we think about these things we all imagine classrooms, students and teachers face to face. But now the situation is changing maybe getting more diverse.

So, What has changed is the medium of interaction and way of teaching. COVID19 has brought us to a world where creativity and innovations are so very needed. We are seeing classes getting conducted online with provided virtual instances. Study material being circulated in various formats let it be educational videos, pdfs, the word file for tests and assignments, etc. Looking for behind the scenes, When giving a thought to what is exactly going on behind the screen of your online classroom. Teachers expressed their views on ongoing online classes.

For students in primary and secondary school, it has become a very early thing to experience, they are yet getting used to it. Whereas students in college have an experience of online teaching which has made them more adaptive to this new normal, they call it E-education and E-learning. Teachers mention that It is quite a challenge to grab the attention of students who are asked to stay at home. The challenge that we as teachers now face is to keep the students in touch with their studies without exposing them to the deadly infection.

As we are thankfully living in a technologically advanced world, we are able to find solutions for most of our problems especially when it concerns communication. The advantages we see are ease in communicating the content. Teachers can share many practical kinds of stuff with students. Students can listen in comfort mode. The period timing can be of half an hour or can be managed as per teacher’s and student’s convenience to a certain extend. With all comes the drawbacks, there is no assured connectivity on either side. You can not watch body language expression of students i.e blind delivery. Students have started getting casual during lectures. Many times students can not express his or her views due to lack of connectivity and internet issues. One can not measure the satisfaction index of both teachers and students.

Teachers, students, and parents are all grappling with this radical transition from the blackboard and smart boards to virtual classes. The catchword for all the schools is to offer modules that are engaging, flexible, and high on quality. However, this change also came with its fair share of challenges like poor internet connectivity, users not following instructions, training of teachers and updating their skills online, and so on. The pandemic is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the skills students need in this unpredictable world such as informed decision making, creative problem solving,and perhaps above all, adaptability. To ensure those skills remain a priority for all students, resilience must be built into our educational systems as well.

Playing different roles on different platforms now teachers are managing to stay calm and do work at home, from home which is quite noteworthy. We have always been talking about the different roles a woman plays in society but now when we are looking into the matter that is WORK FROM HOME it has made us all realize that everyone in their professions is giving their best. Realizing the potential can foster the development of our own selves and the others too, with efforts and correct flow. Isn’t that what our teachers have been teaching us since day 1 of school???