You are not here to be perfect but to be real.
- 21 February 2022
Virtual? Physical? Hybrid? Bring it on!
Dear fellow teachers, confused with the above statement? No I am not a super teacher or a fabulous trainer. I am your regular science teacher.
We all have read enough about little trips and tricks about teaching techniques, resources classroom management and what not? I will tell you about what we teachers want to hear it most. Yes, you guessed it correct! “You are doing it right!”
Again I am not here to motivate but to narrate few ordeals of mine with regards to virtual schooling that made me a better teacher and even a better human. Virtual schooling was dropped as bomb on whole teaching community. You are fairly new to ever evolving technology and this whole idea to teach virtually was scary enough to give up and hide myself somewhere until it’s all over, but pandemic was here to stay and you have to finish those lessons that were left when the lockdown was declared. Like everybody I did my crash course on virtual teaching, having the privilege of so many teaching aids provided by our school of course I had an added advantage but still that fear and confusion was still there. How will I teach science? How to do experiments? and so on. My first month of virtual teaching was as much learning process as it was for my students. Mute? Unmute? Backgrounds? Whiteboards? phew! You still need to smile because your precious little students are watching you.
Then one day while taking a class when there was a glitch while playing a video it dawned on me. I was getting frustrated as I was unable to share sound in spite of following all necessary steps. One of the students turned saviour and said “Mam, try the other way.” He explained and I followed the steps as dedicatedly as he follows mine while doing an experiment, and here it was. Success!
Finally, I learnt the mantra that Elsa was teaching all this while – “Let it go.”
You should let go of all fears, inhibitions and doubts you have, whichever way you are taking class just remember – ‘You are a teacher and you know what is best for your students.’
So here are few tips that has helped me sail through these times and made me stronger to face any hurdles pandemic throws our way. I have named it DETERMINED.
Here we are now. Now that you know the magic mantra and are DETERMINED to be the best teacher you can be for your students, you are ready for any obstacle that may arise. Believe me you will sail through it just fine. No other award/reward will make you happier than the smile on your students face or when they say ‘we missed you’ after a vacation.
As I said earlier “Bring it on! “You will always be a teacher who knows what is best for your students no matter what is the mode of teaching.
Remember this quote I read sometime back: –
You are a teacher.
You don’t need a cape because you are lifted up by the amazing and inspiring kids you teach.
Cambridge Primary Science Facilitator
Oakridge International School, Bachupally