COVID Through the Eyes of Teachers

The coronavirus epidemic has caught the whole world by surprise. No one was ready for such a serious and long quarantine when many areas of life changed and humanity had to adapt.

Schools, government agencies, parks, cinemas all have been quarantined. But, this test was probably the most difficult for teachers. They had to establish a completely new contactless education system, where the likelihood to spread the coronavirus would be minimal.

The decision to move education online was quick as many teachers were at serious risk of infection. And at first, it became a serious challenge, both for teachers and students.

What Teachers Have to Deal With

Due to the constant closeness to hundreds of students, teachers have a huge chance of getting infected, but after transitioning  education to the online mode, a number of other problems arose that had to be immediately dealt with:

  • Students’ behavior;

The first problem is inappropriate behavior. Students in their homes feel more relaxed than in the classroom. Because of it, teachers complain about inappropriate words, appearance issues, or students missing classes. It all costs enormous nerves and overtime work of teachers and cannot have a good effect on their health, leaving even coronavirus behind.

  • Schedule;

Scheduling online courses can be a hassle and take an entire day. It all depends on the number of students the teacher has and his or her free time.

  • Choosing the best platform for conducting online classes;

Most messengers immediately started adding the ability to make group calls using webcams so that online courses could be conducted in real-time. Choosing the most suitable one is a difficult job because you need to figure out the nuances of use, how much time is given for a call, and you also have to pay for some features - naturally from the teacher's pocket.

  • Too arrogant parents;

The problem of students’ parents’ excessive demands has always remained relevant, but now it has reached the new level. Due to the fact that some parents or housewives sit at home and can monitor the activities of their child, two sides of the coin appear at once. On the one hand, this is good, because this way they can see the progress and attendance of the child. But on the other hand, there are frequent cases when the parent distracts the child from his learning activities, calls them to help around the house or something else.

  • Need to always be in touch;

You must constantly be in touch. While this is not new for most teachers, it is very exhausting. It is much easier if students ask a question in a group because most of the questions are repeated. In the current conditions, it is necessary to answer each student separately by means of the connection they choose. The solution to this problem is to create chat rooms for the entire group or a stream of students, which nevertheless will only reduce the number of questions and thus only slightly relieve the teacher’s burden.

  • Teachers in many countries cannot afford even  the cheapest laptop;

To successfully conduct online courses, you need a stable Internet connection and a decent device. Without it, the teacher cannot normally conduct their classes, and the cases when such devices are issued at work are rare.

  • Monitoring problems.

Another significant drawback of conducting online classes is the inability to normally carry out tests and monitor the progress of students and their knowledge. Cheating in an online class is a big deal for modern schoolchildren. There are many options. But it is much more difficult to control this issue because there can hide sheets, open materials, and more behind the webcam.

In any case, it's only a small part of the problems that teachers can still face. And despite the fact that now everyone is more or less accustomed to learning from home, there are still questions that have to be faced and solved every day.

How Not to Go Crazy

To begin with, online education is a challenge not only for teachers but also for students. As for the second, they have to fight laziness, because, at home, where there is access to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and other entertainment sites, they have to sit quietly in the online class and listen to the teacher, but they want something completely different.

Taking exams online in a completely new environment is also worth a lot of nerves and effort, so let's figure out how to relieve stress and calm down.

Advice for students

  1. The best idea is to create a schedule for the whole day and follow it strictly. Don't forget to rest. It is best if you have a 10-20 minute break before each online class in order to get your thoughts together and readjust to a different subject. If there is no clear schedule, you can customize it so that it is convenient for both you and the teachers. Then you will work most effectively. The time for YouTube and other entertainment should also be clearly set and not exceed 1-2 hours a day, which will help reduce the level of useless information and improve memory. This advice will be equally useful for students and teachers.
  2. A rule for students to reduce teacher stress is to always turn off the microphone. Many messengers in group calls support the "raise your hand" option. If you want to ask a question, use it, then wait for the teacher to pay attention to you, and then you can answer or ask him a question. It will also reduce unnecessary noise and the likelihood of awkward situations with parents or roommates.
  3. Warm-up your eyes. It will also help to distract yourself for a short period and set your brain to work. In addition, constantly working with a computer can easily impair your eyes.
  4. Feel free to contact your instructor by all possible means. Any teacher would be glad that his student is interested in the course and will always help. This can improve your relationship and reduce stress levels.
  5. For students, online learning is a challenge but also a huge advantage. Especially in the era of technology, when the younger generation is well acquainted with social networks and instant messengers, it should not be difficult to attend an online course. Moreover, you can get enough sleep and do much more than just attending school. So, students should take online learning as a gift and treat teachers with respect.

Advice for teachers

  1. Chat with other teachers online. You will be able to learn from the experience of using electronic platforms for learning, understand the features of instant messengers in text, and just share your experiences.
  2. Reach out to students every day. Even if you don't have a lesson, you can put together a rally for 15 minutes every day at the appointed time. For example, this can be used to check homework, take a daily test, or give students the opportunity to ask questions about the material.
  3. Try to present information in an exciting way. You can surf the Internet, search for interesting videos and presentations on the topic, or create your own, and then show it on the screen to students. Do not forget about the possibilities of modern technologies. Then the students themselves will reach for knowledge and enter the course in a good mood.
  4. Remember to interact with students during the lecture. Some students find it difficult to ask questions. Pushing them to do so can also strengthen the relationship.
  5. Use a school dress code. When all students are dressed the same, it makes them look equal to each other. This will help you manage them and avoid making them look inappropriate in class.

To Sum It Up

It doesn't matter whether you’re a student or a teacher. Current situation in the classroom demands mutual respect the most. Remember that it’s still a person on that side of the webcam and treat that person accordingly. We’re all in this together, and the only way out is also together!

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