Role of Educators in the Post Covid World
Covid -19 has become the worst catastrophe faced by this global world to date. With scores of deaths worldwide and the health systems of most affluent countries coming to a grinding halt. The faith of humanity getting distorted. The education system going digital and Educators roles changing attires at the fastest pace. Even the family life changed from normal to new normal where parents working from home are also being educators to their kids.
The kids are losing touch with real schools and going virtual has changed the entire education system and we must jump ahead and prepare for learning post-COVID 19. What will teaching look like in the future?
- As educators, we must teach the content outlined in our curriculum and academic standards, while simultaneously helping learners develop the required skills of modern learners.
- Educators must continuously learn, unlearn and relearn to improve their instructional craft.
- Educators must be facilitators of learning, and not just stand in front of students but empower them to become independent thinkers and doers.
- Educators must be expert generalists, not specialists as the amount of information increases, success in life depends less and less on rote learning and more on a person’s skills to process information and use it creatively.
- Educators must embrace discovery learning. When educators depend on teacher as telling, learning as listening”, Modern educators must strive to be creators of engagement and not just content dispensers.
During the pandemic and post-pandemic there were enormous challenges faced by the students with special needs as follows:
- They are less likely to receive support and extra services essential for their normal growth.
- Schools are the areas that build self-worth in the children and the closures lead to demotivation anxiety and depression in them.
- Closures in schools have left a detrimental effect on their learning, working and living daily routines.
- The additional barriers they face will further leave an impact on their psychosocial health.
- The students are likely to lose the most in terms of learning socialising education, mental health and physical development.
- To respond to the challenges faced, specific policies are necessary to be made and implemented in the system.
- These innovative policies such as inclusive access, digital learning resources and good learning conditions ensure socio-emotional needs are met.
- Policies for providing bad you’re free environment equitable and inclusive access to digital learning resources is the need of the hour.
- Policy made should ensure that the vulnerable lot receive the basic services like providing counselling Remedial classes peer meetings, virtual social outings, access to doctors etc.
- Continuity of their Specialised support services for CWSN to be mandatory