The Impact Of COVID-19 On Student’s Achievements And What It May Mean For Educators

It is the right time to take a pause and reflect on what impact COVID left on the student’s achievements and what it may mean for educators.

The current year presented some new challenges to each industry; it not just forced people to change business cycle, lifestyle but had a deep impact on daily activities which people do to live their life and are considered as basic necessities.  

Education, especially the task of going to a school is one such activity which used to be done on a regular basis in the pre-COVID era, and it is one activity which was an integral part of the daily routine of each parent who have school-going children, now as we are approaching the end (hopefully) of COVID-19, it is the right time to take a pause and reflect on what impact COVID left on the student’s achievements and what it may mean for educators.

1. Different modes of education: COVID-19 made students comfortable with different modes of education and as results, parents, educators of school and supplementary education services providers such as coaching institutes etc. have been able to create and implement an alternative strategy to enable students to get the results. 

2. Turn around time of learning: When a student attends a school in a physical infrastructure environment the turn around time of learning is less as compared to the virtual learning, because in the physical environment, learning also happens by observation and nonverbal communication takes places between peers or between teacher and student or between student and school learning environment, and these invisible interactions reduce the turn around time of learning, which does not happen at the same pace in the virtual learning environment. 

3. Students from different financial backgrounds: COVID-19 impacted the entire world, students with a sound parental financial background were able to manage and create a comfortable learning environment and the transition was seemed less but if we look at students without sound financial parental background, they struggled in setting up the learning environment due to various financial constraints and it will surely have an impact on their performance and achievements. 

4. Extracurricular activities: Engagement of a student with the process of learning also depends upon what else they are doing other than just studying in a school. In the last one year students rarely stepped out of their home to participate in any kind of after school or extra curricular activities, this certainly will have an impact on the achievements of students, especially those who are good at extracurricular activities and take interest and remain motivated about education due to extracurricular activities.

These are the major areas, which will create a positive or not so positive impact on the achievements of a student due to covid, but one fine day COVID-19 will come to end therefore it is also important to look at and reflect on the impact it has created on educators and what needs to be done in the future, here are a few suggestions for educators to deal with it.

1) Give yourself a round of applause: The kind of adjustment and the speed with which educators adopted the change is commendable, in fact, education was one of the most impacted activities which got impacted due to COVID but the way educators dealt with it is really commendable. Switching to the online mode, learning technology, adaption of new the learning environment and many more initiatives to continue the process of learning. Therefore their efforts need appreciation. 

2) The change was sudden but you have time to go back to the normal: COVID-19 came without any notice so the change was sudden, however now educators have time to prepare for going back to the normal, so reflect on what can be done to settle down comfortably, talk to the students, engage with parents and create a plan for a smooth and seamless transition, look at your strategy meet notes that you created in 2019 or in the beginning in 2020 while you were getting ready, here is another opportunity for you to implement what you wanted to, but keep it simple so that the transition can be smooth and seamless.

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