Teachers Moving Beyond Boards

Teachers have been trying to adapt to the demands of the situation and have been forced to adjust their teaching methods and lesson plans in response to the pandemic.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the global education scenario considerably. Schools have been closed and classes have moved online. World over, the centuries-old ‘chalk–talk’ teaching model has been transformed into one driven by technology.  

In India too, mostly in the urban areas, teachers have been trying to adapt to the demands of the situation and have been forced to adjust their teaching methods and lesson plans in response to the pandemic. The learning curve has been a stiff one. Most teachers who rarely used any digital tool to teach their students in the class were now aligning their teaching styles to the online mode so that their students can continue to learn. It goes without saying that while online learning is definitely a more convenient way for students to learn, the effort that a teacher puts in to make the learning a smooth and engaging experience, can make all the difference.  

Traditional classroom teaching is easier also because the teacher can absorb oral and visual feedback from each session as it unfolds, and thereby is able to make moment-to-moment adjustments in response. Online teaching, on the other hand, does not give them the luxury of making real-time modifications to their strategies. The teaching must, therefore, be precise, complete, and spot-on. What then has been the impact of this pandemic on the teaching pedagogy? Is there a silver lining to this cloud? 

Let us look at some of the benefits resulting from teachers being compelled to move beyond boards: 

  • Innovations in teaching: The virus outbreak has presented a unique opportunity to introduce innovations in teaching. It is time to rejig the approach that has been followed down the years and possibly make way for the introduction of newer approaches that are a blend of classroom lectures and online learning. 

  • Use of smarter ways to keep the class engaged: An increased adoption of technology by teachers will help them to look for smarter ways in which they can keep the class motivated and engaged. For example, the teacher can introduce various online collaboration tools that will allow students to become more actively involved in their learning. 

  • Increased levels of discipline: When students have to ward off distractions of the internet and those of the remote learning environment to concentrate on their lectures, they tend to make conscious choices which can favourably impact their learning. 

  • Students gradually move towards becoming self-directed learners: In the online learning mode, the onus of learning rests with the student to a large extent. By maintaining high levels of motivation and discipline consistently over time, the student can ensure that he/she is able to make significant gains. This helps the student to gradually move to a self-directed learning style, which is very effective in the long run, particularly for higher studies. 

  • Use of supplementary resources to aid the teaching-learning process: Schools and educators can benefit from the vast repertoire of technology-driven study resources that are available on online learning platforms such as Meritnation, for both students and teachers alike. Ranging from assessment and reporting tools for teachers to concept videos that help reinforce the student’s learning at home, there is a lot available out there that is geared at minimizing the time a teacher spends on tasks other than ‘teaching’.

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