Rise with the tide – Journal
Following the school closures, teachers received a lot of criticism for leaving gaps in learning, as parents did not have the chance to see assessment reports after exams, as they do. would do in an ordinary year. Schools have been accused of charging fees and failing to complete work and assessments according to parents’ expectations. These are exceptional circumstances and the teachers have arguably worked extremely hard to fill the learning gaps of their students. Many schools have successfully overcome obstacles by working closely with parents and maintaining a communication loop with them. The remedy that seems to work for many teachers is research, resilience, determination, and reflection.
What have some schools done to keep parents and students satisfied, maintain student numbers, and continue to hire and pay their teachers? Much of it is related to the rise with the tide. Researching available resources and materials, demonstrating a willingness to improve skills and a coherent analysis of teaching and learning were necessary to ensure that our work and skills are fit for the times. Rather than struggling to stay afloat with what we already know and resist the force of change, perhaps we could dive deep into the research to find resources that can help refine the parameters of our knowledge and expertise. . Equally important is the third “R” of this strategy, as teachers have had to show great determination against so many reviews and critiques.
Whether we are doing it consciously with pen and paper in a well-lit office or making it a consistent reflection throughout the day, we need a plan of action that runs consistently throughout our lives. working hours. It would be like asking questions over and over and in different ways: what to do and how? Have I found the most efficient ways to do this? Have I improved my skills to meet the requirements and are they relevant to the needs of my students? As we roll out our course of action, a massive problem-solving load can arise in unpredictable times when it is especially difficult to assess the outcome of our efforts, and we find ourselves fighting fires. as circumstances change faster than we can cope with.
The learning curve has never been so demanding or confrontational.
Many parents have accused schools of changing their decisions in the blink of an eye – the truth is that the decisions were contingent on unprecedented circumstances and not responding to them would have been disastrous in many ways. Now that the academic year is almost over, it might be a good time to “reflect” on what has worked and what can be done better to serve the interests of students. It is quite clear that simulating the face-to-face teaching experience does not yield results. Online education is a whole different ball game.
No one has a crystal ball to see how the situation will turn out and how quickly schools can return to a face-to-face or hybrid reality. Maybe it’s time to think about what isn’t working – maybe we need to divide classes into smaller groups for better one-on-one support or minimize the range of subjects taught in one day to make room for more learning. thorough. For example, a day dedicated to science and English and another day dedicated to math and geography can allow teachers to iron out any problems students may face before moving on to the next subject.
The interesting part of thinking is that it allows you to deviate from the course of action when it becomes evident that the strategies have not been effective. Rather than sticking to the original plan and continuing to incur sunk costs, schools need to move quickly to alternatives, such as teaching through videos, one-on-one tutoring, transdisciplinary learning – for example, the integration of mathematics and art – and research that engages children in investigative, experimental or longer-term projects. Innovative teaching can empower children to become more engaged and independent learners, using their natural curiosity as a catalyst.
Often times, we view experimental teaching methods with skepticism, as we do not view the entire learning process without the necessary assessments which not only help teachers know if they are on the right track, but also serve to show quantifiable results to parents. However, in today’s climate, evaluating effort can be as important as reviewing accomplishments. After all, the students had to learn through thick and thin. The learning curve has never been so demanding and divided – the lack of efficient equipment, space and connectivity contributes to putting millions of children and teachers at an unfair advantage. Part of what will determine success is their stamina to keep rising above the tide.
The author is a Senior Manager, Professional Development, Oxford University Press Pakistan.
Posted in Dawn, le 5 July 2021