We are all going through a challenging time due to the pandemic. This COVID-19 pandemic and the unexpected lockdown has surely impacted different sectors of our country in some or the other way. One sector which saw a bigger challenge due to the closure of schools, colleges, and universities is the education sector. At this time, one can’t deny the role of online education in lockdown and the role of teachers.
Online education is a new concept in India. There is surely a new paradigm shift in terms of the way in which we look at education. Online education has its own challenges. But the good thing is that many educational institutions are trying to give the best education to kids in lockdown. The management of many institutes have come together to arrange means to provide good quality education to kids sitting at home.
I would say the best role to play in online education are teachers. They are the real heroes who are managing their home and also taking classes for kids. Being a mom and an educator, I know it’s a challenge and not easy at all. They handle a large number of kids in a class but handling them online is something completely different and new for the teachers. My daughter’s school started online classes 2 months back and its surely something different for kids but I am glad she is not missing out on her education.
The benefits of online education in lockdown for kids and parents-
- It is a boon for working parents. I mostly work from home and the good thing is that my working hours and my daughter’s school hours are the same. In this way, I don’t have to worry about her getting bored or wasting her time on gadgets.
- Kids are not deprived of education. My daughter is in 9th grade and this is a time when missing school is not a choice. The kids need to finish the curriculum on time and online education is helping them to stay in touch with the topics and syllabus.
- It’s the best way to meet friends and interact with teachers- Keeping kids at home is hard. They can’t go out to playgrounds or go meet their friends. So, through online classes, they are happy that at least they are able to meet their friends online and interact with them in some way.
Role of teachers in online education in lockdown –
- Teachers are not used to this mode of teaching. They are attending webinars to learn how to teach kids and also use new online equipment.
- Teachers have a dual role to play. As someone who mostly works from home, I know it’s not easy to manage home and work together. Work from home is a new concept for them but they are managing both wonderfully for our kids.
- The change has happened really fast. Teachers didn’t get enough time to learn and they had to quickly change gears and buckle up for this new mode of teaching. It’s important to understand this as parents. Let’s not judge them for the way they are teaching or the way they are handling kids.
- They are making sure all the students get equal attention. I have observed my daughter’s classes and it’s really nice to see how teachers ask questions in between to make sure kids are attentive and are not missing out on anything.
My thoughts as a mom –
As a parent, I salute the teachers and school management to take this initiative of online schooling in lockdown. The sad part is that some of the parents are not understanding that teachers themselves are learning this new way of teaching. Let’s not judge the teachers and encourage their efforts by sharing our positive feedback to the school. I am sure this will boost their confidence and they will be able to teach our kids in a better way.
It’s good to see that in India, not only public schools but government schools are also trying their best to give quality education to kids. Teachers are not leaving any stone unturned to get used to the concept of eLearning.
Its high time we change our narrative around teachers and online education. Let’s stop judging and start appreciating and encouraging the real heroes, the unsung heroes, the teachers!
June 26, 2020 at 8:05 pm
I appreciate that you have highlighted the role of teachers during these trying times of Covid. Teachers are doing great job.
June 26, 2020 at 8:07 pm
That’s a very informative post. Online education in lockdown for kids is really a good idea.
June 26, 2020 at 8:11 pm
Completely agree. Teachers are real heroes. I can relate to every word of this post asa Mom. It’s very challenging to teach online yet they stay afoot. They do not leave any stone unturned to make sure that kids are attentive by calling out their names and asking questions.
Keep writing I love your posts!
June 26, 2020 at 8:22 pm
Very well expressed…. online education has lots of benefits and has really become easy with the help of teaching faculty who have worked very hard to make things easier for the students….being in the same fraternity I know the ins and outs of the same.
June 26, 2020 at 8:26 pm
it is a very good idea for online school
it must be so hard for the teachers to teach during this time of covid 19
I am a big fan of your post keep writing them☺️
June 26, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Teachers would always remain the most important part of our society to ensure we have a strong future. We should be great full to them as our kids are learning continuously irrespective of the mode of teaching. It’s a very well written post!
June 26, 2020 at 8:38 pm
Online education is the need of the day and the role of teachers is commendable.
I appreciate your writing.
June 27, 2020 at 1:08 am
Online education is something on which the whole syllabus, academics is dependent upon in this pandemic. It is always a blessing.
June 27, 2020 at 11:47 am
We must appreciate the role played by teachers, specially during times like this. They are managing their own challenges and still ensuring that kids get their online classes as needed . A very well written post
June 27, 2020 at 1:28 pm
COVID-19 pandemic is a huge challenge to education systems. And teachers doing their job very well. And yes they are the real heroes who are managing their home as well as also taking classes for kids
June 27, 2020 at 2:40 pm
I am totally with you on this. A big salute to all teachers who are able to take up classes for our kids and help them continue and encourage them in studies. I really feel it’s time our traditional school education is also revamped for good
June 27, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Teachers are probably never given the credit they deserve. I really respect them and as you said salute them. They are doing a commendable job during this lockdown I think.
June 27, 2020 at 10:38 pm
Such a relevant article and so important in the current scenario . And the detailed article opens sp many aspects many dont know. So well written
June 28, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Very well written post and the ending line is perfect.
Teachers are the unsung heroes and we all should appreciate their hard work and efforts during this crisis.
June 28, 2020 at 12:47 pm
The circumstances have fostered the online method of teaching. It is still a new concept for schools, teachers, and parents. It will take a bit of time for this teaching system to really mature.
June 28, 2020 at 2:31 pm
I feel it has been blessing in disguise for some and very troublesome excercise for others. Schools should provide basic things before starting. Here, people don’t have internet at home and a laptop and cannot even afford that during in this situation. It is really difficult for them.
June 28, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Being a teacher, I also know how much challenging is to attend online classes and at the same time control the family.
June 28, 2020 at 6:33 pm
Teachers are coping up with the challenges faced by them during online classes and webinars . Online lessons have emerged as the go-to solution for schools looking to resume classes despite lockdown.
June 28, 2020 at 7:24 pm
Teachers are indeed doing a lot because they are not experienced in taking online classes but still they are doing their best!
June 28, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Agree that online education is a boon for both parents and kids. As its easy to manage learning online and hats off to the teacher for their efforts.
June 28, 2020 at 9:18 pm
Online classes are nice option to study during this covid-19. Teachers are also doing great work .
June 28, 2020 at 11:15 pm
Like online school is new for kids, it’s the same for teachers too. We have to give them tme and also appreciate their efforts.
June 28, 2020 at 11:31 pm
I do agree teachers are taking time and giving online classes to student but as per my observation or I should say in my case ..where teachers are just taking 40m video call a day and the whole burden of studies (teaching in how to read &write ) is on the parents it really is difficult to say the same.
June 29, 2020 at 1:50 am
My wife is a teacher and a strong advocate of online learning. I have two kids who are undergoing online education through portals and trainer led sessions. I feel online education is the new normal.