There's a lot more to teaching than student education in India. Teachers must also receive training in order to have excellent classroom management skills. Training sessions are required to assist teachers in learning or developing new teaching tactics that will rekindle their students' interest in the classroom and stimulate learning. What makes training for teachers all the more essential is the need to keep up with the changes brought about due to the largest disruption of education systems in history – the COVID-19 pandemic. Rishabh Khanna, cognitive scientist and co-founder of Suraasa, tells us more about how this disruption has impacted all educational stakeholders and how teachers can keep up with the changes. This crisis has stimulated innovation within the education sector. The changes have also highlighted that the promising future of learning, and the accelerated changes in modes of delivering quality education, cannot be separated from the imperative of leaving no one behind.
Rishabh Khanna, cognitive scientist and co-founder of Suraasa
Importance Of Tech
Technology has been at the forefront of how education is being delivered for close to two years now. Technology has the power to reach small towns and villages and give quality education to people. Though online learning existed even before the pandemic, it was only a store of books or learning aid and the majority of the teaching-learning process took place in physical classrooms. However, educators have realised how engaging, accessible, and enriching an online classroom can be. Of course, online learning works only when there is a skilled operator and an interested group engaged in the online classroom.
Up-skilling: Need Of The Hour
The drastic change to digitisation of education has been a boon as it has increased the opportunities for Ed-tech platforms as well as for teachers. E-learning start-ups have designed innovative programmes with comfortable delivery modes to help the teachers up-skill. Schools also are actively providing professional development training to their teachers. The modernisation in the education system will also help teachers prepare students for the workforce, imparting the right skills, transformation and effectiveness.
To be efficient in the entire process, teachers require a thorough understanding and application of pedagogy in an online environment. Unlike classical pedagogy, where teachers and subject matter experts derive a content-context cluster to craft the teaching-learning process, e-learning combines learning psychology, content delivery, and assessments to measure individual learner’s journey and progress.
Adapting To Change
Teachers in this extreme environment have continued to teach, encourage, and inspire and be highly adaptive to changes in the classroom environment. A large chunk of the teaching fraternity has leveraged the situation as an opportunity to become more technology savvy. Though online classes reduced their face-to-face interactions with students, it made them more approachable for students and opened up more student engagement opportunities.
Learning is an ongoing process that involves unlearning old methods to make space for newer, more effective methods, and today's teachers realise it well. Considering the different dynamics of an offline and an online classroom, teachers are up-skilling to keep the students engaged during the classes.
In today’s scenario, where technology is playing a key role in all spheres of life, it will continue to enhance student learning, by providing teachers with deeper data insights into learning experiences for each child and providing unprecedented virtual learning opportunities for students.
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