Why Remote Learning Will Become the Norm?
The pleasure of walking in the classroom and enjoying a normal school day with your children is mostly a charitable experience of the past. That is a scary thought, but it is an inevitable, approaching academic reality. Ordinary classroom instructions may be headed for a downward spiral.
An average school day once consisted of positive expectations. Teachers were greeted with plenty of transforming smiles and hugs. In class learning was highly anticipated without the worry of social distancing or masking up. Peer interaction was an after thought as teachers prepared students for unrestricted group learning.
Now our days consist of greeting students whose smiles and open hugs hidden due to the anxieties and protocols of Covid-19. There is a sense of uncertainty as to whether everybody is going to get safely through a given day or whether an entire classroom or school will have to go into quarantine.
However, once we understand that will have to embrace these changes and adjust our teaching styles, the academic engine still must ramp up its educational horsepower to the fullest.
5 Changes that will affect Future of Classroom Instructions
The modern-day classroom will change dramatically because of covid-19 and its continuous variants which are expected in the coming months and years. (The vaccines are not cures but prevent medicines until a real cure is discovered.)
Covid-19 Protocol: Social Distancing
Social distancing is a major change that prevents social intimacy in the classroom. Students will not longer be able to hug without suspicion that their peers might have the dreaded virus and send everybody home.
Covid-19 Protocol: Masking Up
Teachers will agree that wearing mask all day is highly uncomfortable. But we do it for our students as well as for our peers. Masking interferes with normal breathing. That is the reason schools allow students to remove the mask outside. Two recesses are assigned to a school day: one in the morn and one after lunch.
Hybrid or Remote Learning
The intensity of covid-19 and its variants has forced districts across America to distance learning models, either to a hybrid model or completely remote learning. This academic reality has been a blessing and a curse.
Parents has gotten more involved in their children education. Parents have also gotten more familiar with the function of technology in the role of their child’s education. These are positive take-aways. However, parents find themselves drenched in added stress.
Not being technologically savvy, parents are unable to operate chrome books or understand how to set them children up for zoom instructions.
Teachers have also become frustrated with distance learning technology, especially when it breaks down and whole classroom are left in limbo. They fall behind in academics or become less interested in instructional learning.
However, this must become a norm for both teachers and parents if education is going to thrive in the coming years and decades. Both teachers and parents must accept the fact that remote, or hybrid learning entrenched in future classroom instructions.
Substitute Teacher epidemic
Another reason districts will move toward hybrid or remote learning is the lack of substitute teacher, post pandemic. Substitute teaching has always been a challenge, even before the pre-pandemic atmosphere.
However, the scarcity of substitute teachers has multiplied. Most substitute teachers fear entering a classroom while many others have retired and do not play to reenter the profession.
Before the pandemic many teachers were leaving the profession and going into other industries, just escape the stress and pressure of managing a classroom of challenging students.
Introducing the current covid-19 reality, many teachers have retired or given up on the profession all together. The classroom is much more challenging. Students are in the process of adjusting to being back in the classroom, and in many cases, the adjustments are highly stressful and chaotic for the teachers who still love education.
If the classroom environment continues to experience uncertainty, restriction, confusion and chaos, remote learning will become an ever-growing consideration for districts and educators across the United States of America.
Adjustments necessary for Embracing the Future of Classroom Instructions
Now to participate and progress in the future of classroom instructions, teachers, students, and parents must acknowledgement that things will never return to normal and that education in the in-person instructions will be volatile.
However, teachers must recognize that they are more valuable then ever in helping to transform the lives of students. Providing students with a quality education is still our responsibility. The next generation of students must have a firm grip on the direction of education and the success of the nation in the years to come.
Enjoy your students
The best thing that teachers can do is to enjoy their students and peers. Fill the classroom atmosphere will joy and inspiration each day. The students need it. The staff need it. The American education system need it.
The future of classroom instruction does not have to be bleak. Teachers have the power to turn negatives and to positives when it comes to educating the next generation. Love and inspiration conquer all sense of anxiety and uncertainty. We must prevail.
Inspire your peers daily