As the current pandemic situation has its own opportunities and disadvantages, it certainly has made it quite challenging for the teachers. The sudden shift from classroom teaching to online teaching is not just exhausting but also pressurizing, especially for the teachers. Not only do they need to adapt to the online platform, but also be extra creative to keep students engaged. There is not a proper time division between teaching and engaging with students unlike classroom teaching. In Brazil according to a survey conducted by Instituto Peninsula, 83% of teachers did not consider being prepared to teach remotely, 67% were anxious, 38% felt tired and less than 10% were happy or satisfied. The pandemic has made us focus on the necessity for flexibility and more time for student-teacher interactions. Online teaching doesn’t just make the entire process slow but comes with added technical difficulties and interruptions. Despite all the adverse circumstances, we still can see each and every teacher going strong and undertaking utmost efforts from their sides so that their students don’t miss out on valuable knowledge. Apart from patience, adaptability, selflessness, responsibility, dedication and moreover the excellent managing qualities which is pretty inherent to all the teachers are definitely note-worthy. Rather than being let down, our teachers are standing headfast in the face of adversities and making their presence helpful for the students in their learning journey. Amongst so many different types of difficulties teachers have always prioritised their work. Because of the generation gap, teachers had to first of all invest time and efforts in learning the technologies required in online teaching. As economy took a hit due to the nationwide lockdown, there were many cases where the teacher’s salary was cut down as parents couldn’t afford the fees. Regardless, teachers embraced whatever hardships came their way and kept giving their hundred percent. As we all appreciate the frontline workers during the times of corona, teachers are no less than heroes and their efforts no matter how small or big, deserve to be acknowledged. Today we can say for sure that a good teacher teaches from the heart, no matter the platform or other circumstances.
“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother, and the teacher.” -DR. APJ Abdul Kalam.