How the life of a teacher gets redefined in the 21st-century

Posted by Manasa Ramakrishnan on Jan 21, 2021 4:24:03 PM
Manasa Ramakrishnan
Life of a teacher

Being a teacher in the world we live in is tough- add the ongoing pandemic, it is tougher, in fact, distressing! 

The life of a teacher has been glamorised in movies, magazines, etc. Though everything about that is not untrue, a teacher works hard, day in and out to ensure his/her student prospers. 

Teachers are known to be selfless figures who are determined to teach students with all the knowledge they have. There is a reason they are called ‘Gurus’. Not losing temper, being patient, and modulating coursework according to the varied needs of students are a few things a teacher practices every day. 

I think it’s safe to say that the teachers are the new-age enablers. They enable kids to do well with the right set of knowledge and with the requisite skills to face everyday challenges. 

Do you know what does UNESCO says about teachers and their role?

“Teachers are one of the most influential and powerful forces for equity, access, and quality in education and key to sustainable global development. However, their training, recruitment, retention, status, and working conditions remain preoccupying.”

But can teachers pull through the crisis?

Life of a teacherThe ongoing pandemic has made the entire school ecosystem introspective. All the traditional forms have been put into question and the way teachers have taught their entire lives is being mulled over, for the greater good of course. 

Though everything has changed owing to the crisis, one thing that remains constant is, students still look up to their teachers for inspiration. Under these circumstances, teachers can’t compromise with the teaching quality despite the havoc created in the world, despite the shortage of reliable resources to teach from.

Since online learning has become a new pattern, teachers and their teaching methodologies must evolve. They have to keep up. 

Make hay even when the sun is not shining!

Whatever happens, happens for good! While the crisis did damage the industry, it also showed educators novel ways to impart education. 

Voila! Hello new-India. 

Who would have thought a place where the use of cellphones was strictly prohibited would welcome technology- read tablets- with open arms. 

Monotony has been a teacher’s best friend for a very long time but pandemic changed that. With technology making inroads in the sector, teachers get equipped with the right skills to make learning fun, interactive, and immersive. As George Couros says, “Technology will never replace great teachers, but in the hands of great teachers, it’s transformational.”

A day in the life of a LEAD teacher

At LEAD, education is being redefined. Teachers get empowered with the teacher’s excellence kit that contains high-quality lesson plans. Each lesson has videos, slides, images, and digital copies of books and workbooks- something that traditional education never saw. 

This enables excellent teaching that was seldom possible before. 

LEAD partner schools help/train teachers to take online classes efficiently. They are taught to take online classes with efficacy while ensuring student engagement factor. 

Teachers at LEAD divide their day strategically to ensure maximum learning. Regular checks with the students help them fix their weak areas. Teachers at LEAD call parents regularly to keep them updated about their ward’s performance and in case, special attention is needed, remediation is recommended. 

Teachers at LEAD schedule classes using Hybrid School Platform on Nucleus. Students get personalised support and counselling for continuous motivation. Group doubt resolution classes on every alternate day ensure learning without any gaps. 

A monthly report of all students is created using data available on LEAD’s Teacher Mobile App and is sent on the parent WhatsApp group. Revision and remediation classes are done at the end of the unit based on results using LEAD’s remediation system. 

The entire learning process has become quite exciting with the advent of LEAD. Teachers don’t have to rely on traditional modes to make the process impactful. Without falling into the trap of anxiety, teachers are now able to hold engaging and effective classes.  

 

About the Author
Manasa Ramakrishnan
Manasa Ramakrishnan

Manasa is a Branding and Communication Manager at LEAD School. She is an Asian College of Journalism alumnus and a former Teach for India Fellow. Manasa has also completed her MBA in marketing from Deakin University. She strongly believes that education has the power to shake the world and is excited to be a part of LEAD’s transformational journey.

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