The New Reality
School? Education? Technology? Teachers? Students? Parents? What’s happening in this new reality – the world post COVID-19?
It’s scary to see where we had been in education, how we had been advancing, and now trying to compare the not-so-distant past to our current situation, with the entire world overcome by a once-in-a-century pandemic.
Is it possible to keep advancing in education despite COVID-19? Absolutely, yes!
Reading, writing, critical thinking, and acquiring a 2nd or 3rd language are not impossible objectives. Obviously, technology tools such as Internet, ZOOM, Google Classroom, Blackboard, e-mail, various applications, Word documents, YouTube, prepared courses via Power Point, Prezi, or Keynote – are part of a modern teacher’s repertoire, leading to students’ growth, success, and involvement.
The key, of course, is teacher readiness, evidenced by preparation, planning, and knowledge of both academic material and knowing the many ways students learn. Understanding and implementing known leading factors to inspire and maintain students’ creativity and engagement are imperative.
Teachers need to ask themselves, “What interests my students?” Games? Plays? Story time? Art? Music? Creative writing? Map work? A video? Mental challenges? Team projects? Reading? Show and tell? Contemplation? Seeing and interacting with their classmates on the computer screen? Being recognized by the teacher and spoken to directly?
These are but a few of the engaging activities teachers can use in this new epic of teaching, where the probability of face-to-face contact with a real, live teacher may not be possible. As we explore educational themes, philosophies, topics, theories, and methods in this regularly-occurring blog, we will investigate ways to promote great teaching, look at famous educators and their impact on education, enter the world of multilingual students, and note best practices to reach your goals as an educator, challenging and promoting growth among your students.
Will the journey be easy? No. It will be hard – but worthwhile. We will help shape a new generation of learners…. ones who will see that most things are possible — with vision. Our prime goal, then, as an educator during this century’s pandemic, is that our students learn to develop confidence and vision – shaping a better world for us all. Those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Until next time!