Why Teaching Will Never Be The Same Again
2020 will go down in history as a year that changed the world. There are memes floating around how this era will be christened into two phases – BC (before Corona) and AC (after Corona). The way one lives, learns, leads will see alterations, adjustments and amendments. Even education will experience the impact of this divide. The exchange of knowledge will never be the same again. Perspectives will evolve. Disciplines will revise. Beliefs will reform. It could well be an exciting moment of change.
Let’s take a look at what to expect from teaching in this time of transition:
E-LEARNING REVOLUTION WILL
Schools may have been locked down due to the pandemic but teachers, world-over, refuse to shut down learning. From the safe confines of the digital dimension, educators took it upon themselves to revolutionise the way the world studied. Innovation supported intent, and e-learning changed the education landscape globally. And as they say, the rest is history! Starting today, online learning has widened the scope of tutoring and takes it beyond classroom limits. 1 The distant dream of e-schooling has become the biggest reality of the hour. Digital tools such as Zoom, Google Hangouts/Classroom are making teaching and learning rigorous, interactive, dynamic, engaging and future-proof.
INTELLECTUAL ASSETS WILL
GAIN MORE PROMINENCE OVER PHYSICAL ONES
While schools are classified as centres of learning, teachers are the facilitators. Today, posh classrooms, swanky basketball courts, state-of-the-art labs and secure school busses are all collecting dust. Instead, teachers have emerged as a vital link, bridging the pupils to their purpose, in this time of crisis. With learning being confined to homes, and the status quo to remain unaltered for some time to come, educators are proving to be a valuable intellectual capital for educational institutions. And as time progresses, these teachers will further receive their dues as the most valuable aspect of the education chain.
LEARNING WILL STRETCH BEYOND JUST
SCHOOL HOURS AND REGULAR SYLLABUS
While physical learning has its pros, with the ongoing e-learning revolution, now students can learn at any time, from anywhere. This makes in-person attendance lose its relevance and mental presence gain prominence. Gadgets will no longer been seen as elements of distraction for children. On the contrary, students will be encouraged to become tech pros and future-proof their learning. More so, this flexibility of mobile teaching will allow the education system to reshape and reimagine itself, helping it stay abreast with what’s more relevant in the current times. In addition to this, text-book learning will welcome its new counterpart. Students will be taught to accommodate life skills, vital to survive the pandemic and beyond. 2 Sure to occupy the top priority slot, these life skills will soon harness the power of flexible learning.
STUDY TIME WILL
BECOME FAMILY TIME
Innovation is already making Coronavirus a teachable moment. As schools enter the living rooms of houses via devices, it no longer educates just the student alone. Everyone involved in making home schooling possible for the child, learns many valuable lessons alongside. This includes many life lessons such as tolerance, discipline, determination as well as important directives related to precautions to stay safe from the virus. In addition to this, parents, just like their children, too will continue to receive great guidance from teachers on good parenting, anxiety relief and productive learning.
The pandemic is changing what human development will look like, especially under the guidance of futuristic education techniques. Independence, augmenting relationships with teachers and personalisation will continue to reign supreme for the times to come. 3 And when, the storm of COVID-19 will finally pass, teaching will have been totally revolutionised by this experience.