Even as people are slowly beginning to wake up from forced lockdowns, with the pandemic not yet under control, schools continue to remain closed. But have we left our children to learn for themselves, used this as an opportunity to train them in self-dependency or give them lessons in empathy? Of course not. Unless we open the textbooks, give our students endless hours of homework and get them to fill up their notebooks we are not satisfied.
Amidst all the clamour for online education to help us tide over the crisis that the pandemic has brought on, are we forgetting perhaps a lesser but far more omnipresent technology? Satellite television has a wider reach in this country and we have already experimented with educational tv content and hence know how to use it.
As the clamour for online education grows louder, we are not listening to the voices coming from those groups of students who find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide. How do we mitigate their concerns and help them study too in this time?
If you are wondering how to help your students understand what is happening around them, here is a simple exercise that this teacher gave her students to help them come to terms.
With less than 24 hours to get on board a rescue flight taking her back home, here’s how a teacher kept her spirit is up and continued to teach while lugging around suitcases, waiting at the airport and during her quarantine period in the hotel.
Teachers and students are both struggling and coping as they test waters with online learning, but what about the parents? What are their thoughts and how are they dealing with this work-from-home and learn-from-home situation?
As we face an unknown future, which is going to require problem-solving and innovative thinking, it is clear that skills such as collaboration and creativity are no longer simply “soft skills” that can be added on when needed.