“To the world, you may be just a teacher, but to your students, you are a hero.”
With their extra efforts and dedication during COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have proved this quote completely true. They have really come out as heroes for students.
No doubt health officials, policemen and other community helpers like sanitary workers are doing a lot to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We even appreciated their efforts and services by clapping form our balconies and lighting candles. But during all this, we forgot to thank someone who helped students unlock their passion even during the lockdown. These unsung heroes have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to protect the future of the nation, our children.
This pandemic has affected the lives of students drastically. As per the report published by HundrED in association with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 185 countries had announced the closure of schools and universities on 31st March 2020. This made students and parents really worried about their learning; especially the ones preparing for competitive exams like NEET and JEE.
In this situation, teachers played a vital role and helped students continue their learning from the safety of their home. They adapted to the change, made use of the latest technology to switch to e-learning and started teaching online. From kindergarten to schools, universities and test-prep centres, everyone switched to ed-tech platforms. To ensure that learning doesn’t get hampered due to this pandemic, teachers came up with innovative ideas.
From taking live online classes throughout the day to checking assignments late at night, learning new technologies, online tests and answering doubts 24×7, teachers are doing a lot for their students. Teachers are using innovative ideas to encourage students to attend online classes with more zeal and vigour. They have proved the quote “a good teacher is like a candle; it consumes itself to light the way for others’ true.
On this Teacher’s Day, let’s check the innovative ideas teachers are exploring to reach out to their students during this lockdown:
During this lockdown, teachers made the best use of technology and ensured that learning doesn’t stop for the students. Aakash Digital students took additional live online classes to help NEET and JEE aspirants prepare for their exam from the safety of their home.
The makeshift tripod
Not all teachers are equipped with advanced tools to conduct online classes. For many, this has come as a surprise, but the best part is they have happily adapted to the change. This Pune-based Chemistry teacher became a talk of the town with her innovative tripod made from cloth hangar and some pieces of cloth strips. She said that teaching chemistry without proper explanation is not possible and this is what motivated her to come up with this idea to create a classroom-like environment.
Making learning visual
Undivided attention is one of the biggest challenges faced by teachers during online classes. To keep students engaged, teachers are taking the visual route with videos and animations during the online classes.
A refrigerator tray for online classes
To deal with the challenges of online learning, teachers are coming up with ingenious hacks. One among them is using the refrigerator tray to make a stand for online classes.
Not every teacher and student in India has access to the high-speed internet and apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc. In such areas, teachers are imparting education through WhatsApp calls.
Climbing up new heights to continue classes
Subrata Pati, a history teacher in West Bengal, made a Neem tree is a classroom. He climbs up the tree every day to get the internet connectivity to teach his students in online classes.
If you are still wondering how to continue your NEET, JEE or boards exam preparation during this lockdown, join online courses at Aakash Digital to learn from the best Aakash faculty at the comfort and safety of your home.