‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn’. Quote by Alvin Toffler (He was a futurologist)
These words proved to be the need of the hour when the pandemic halted normalcy. Educational institutions were also affected as one could not conduct offline classes. Every teacher was escalated into a new platform.
Then came the entry of virtual classrooms. Teachers faced the stark reality of the chalk being replaced by the ‘mouse’. Initially there were butterflies in my stomach as I explored the unknown and umpteen tools. Then came workshops, webinars, Zoom meetings to guide us through the online classes. I realized I was not a loner but many of my counterparts had similar apprehensions. My confidence took baby steps, cruising through each day fulfilling the task of blending technology with the teaching-learning process. The pandemic insisted on social distancing and we truly followed the norms, as the physical connect with students was replaced by virtual connect. There was much to unlearn and relearn.
Teachers have this innate ability to accept changes and fit into the system, like a duck takes to water. Every change is an opportunity to sharpen their skills to be able to reach out to their students. After a year, there are no butterflies in my stomach. As another academic year is welcoming us with hope, there are a plethora of platforms to explore. Learning, experimenting and implementing being a continual process, it will keep the teachers on their toes.
I am Sreevidya. I have been an educator for 15 years and had the opportunity to connect with students in Jamshedpur, Kottayam, Kochi, Chennai and Bangalore. I have never experienced monotony as there is always something new to learn and share. I enjoy reading fiction and love doing crotchet.