COVID-19 has resulted in a worldwide destruction where schools, colleges and educational institutions were shut down overnight. Self-isolation became a new form of living. However, learning never stops especially for teachers who continue to learn every day. In this pandemic situation, teachers have found themselves locked in their rooms. And while they are missing the interactions with students and school premises, this time is ideal for teachers to concentrate on self-development. They can utilize this relaxing time to focus of developing new skills that will be beneficial in improving their teaching techniques. The educators can become masters.
Educators have always been used to the conventional ways of teaching that is not very technical. Using new technology and innovative techniques seems like a strenuous task for them. Well, teachers and educators can now use this period to focus on developing their technical skills. Taking online classes and courses that provide a detailed guide on how technical skills can help in education can be of great use to educators. This will also help in improving their online communication with students in terms of online learning.
Unlearning the Old Ways
The world is advancing and is growing rapidly. The techniques that were effective five years ago is now obsolete. Everyone is constantly looking for change because that is how the human mind works. Hence, education is one field that needs continual change and improvement to keep the student interested. Educators need to start unlearning the old techniques and focus of developing new ways of teaching. Since students are rapidly progressing with the increase in technology, teachers too will need to keep up with their pace. This is the right time for educators to learn some new techniques that will suit the progressive generation.
Learning is Fun
Learning is an ongoing process that needs to be interesting throughout. If learning becomes boring, students will end up losing interest and lose the motivation to continue. This creates room for innovation and creativity. Educators can create new ways of keeping students focused and engaged. Finding new activities that can be a part of the curriculum that will be fun and facilitate learning at the same time can make a huge difference in the educational pattern. Learning is fun and if students witness the fun side of education, they will be motivated to keep learning.
A teacher’s life is very stressful. Although they never can portray it to the students but handling the responsibility of a whole classroom can be very strenuous at times. This affects the physical and more importantly, mental health of educators. Hence, this lockdown period teachers can focus on themselves, unwind, pursue some new hobbies, reinstate incomplete projects, read new books and concentrate on rejuvenating themselves. If teachers have a strong and healthy mind, the same will reflect in their persona. This will have a positive impact on the students too.
This lockdown period may have shut down schools and colleges, but the work of a teacher can never stop. Making the best of this time can help in changing educators into masters of knowledge.