Relationship and Resilience in 2021-2021 School Year
Five Takeaways From Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
January 1, 2021. The world ushered in a new year and said goodbye to one of the most challenging years in recent history. Through these challenges, however, professionals in every field learned to adapt. Healthcare, retail, hospitality and education overhauled decades-old practices to survive and serve their communities in the pandemic era. Teachers left their classrooms in March of 2020 and were not sure when they would return. Teachers did not know how they would deliver instruction to their students, synchronous or asynchronous? They had to learn how to teach in a different format in a matter of days. Not only did they have to support their students academically, but also mentally and emotionally. They were pushed to reflect on their own teaching philosophy and how teaching during a pandemic impacts that.
Even in the midst of this toggle between online and in-person teaching, new teachers are entering the field of education. They are enrolling in teacher-preparation programs and completing degrees in education. Many teachers are completing online teacher-preparation programs like the TEACH-NOW Teacher Preparation Certificate Program in order to become equipped, enabled, and empowered to go into any learning environment anywhere in the world and diagnose where each learner is coming from. Teachers aim to design and implement learning experiences to ensure that every student learns, grows, and develops. As teachers graduate and prepare to enter the classroom, many are wondering how to apply newly learned best practices in pedagogy in the hybrid learning environment. After teachers’ most challenging year yet, there are five overarching takeaways to share with new teachers in a post-pandemic world.
As a new teacher, remember that the connections you make are valued. The time that you put into planning your lessons to meet the varied needs of learners is appreciated. You have the unique opportunity to play an important role in a student’s childhood. You will wear many hats on and off stage, but there is no better role in the world!
Courtney Stoll, M.Ed.
Librarian, Moreland University