Teachers are helping children realize their dreams by building bridges of discipline. Today’s time of education with synchronous and asynchronous learning are being implemented with varying degrees of success. Will these change the way we fundamentally perceive education? Given the deep crisis that we are all in, there is nothing to fear about. It brings disruption and innovation and often creates a future that was ‘possible’ and ‘probable’, but maybe impractical in the pre-crisis days. In other words, once the crisis is over, would it be possible to put the genie back into the bottle? Everyone is going to face a new normal and these are not going to be the same, so we need to push ourselves and build capacity as educators. This is a great opportunity and we need to rethink and redefine purpose of education/learning, and design and build activities that engage students in a whole new way. That is the challenge. This should focus on two points – Socio-emotional learning, where a teacher is not only an educator but also a mentor and coach. And secondly, rethinking the curriculum design and solutions. Students who already were suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out) are now suffering from FOBO (fear of being on their own) and as teachers, there is a need to cultivate in them a sense of purpose which is going to be the driving factor/force in all their lives. Teachers need to be trained in order to meet students’ psychological needs. In the present time of remote learning, social isolation and too much screen time, there is the need to create a curriculum and also foster connections amongst students. They need to connect not only with teachers and the outside world using technology, but also most importantly to connect with self. Teachers need to provide support and encouragement and must remember that these youngsters need to be made socially, emotionally and mentally astute. Rethinking curriculum design and solutions require looking beyond the days when rote learning, handwriting, tables, formulae, calculations were considered important. One needs to think as to what is the curriculum needed to be followed in order to give students sound education. Teachers have to make sure blended learning happens beautifully and seamlessly. The process of teaching and learning should be like a liquid which flows easily, and fills up spaces. It takes the shape of whatever it goes into. Teaching should be like this in future which would include bagless students, fewer students, allowing face to face interaction etc.
The contributor of the blog is Ms. Prerna Musaddi– Principal, Swaraj India Public School, Kanpur.