A few years back, many schools introduced the smartboard method for implementing in the school curriculum. However, the transition was not as smooth as it was expected. Smart classrooms were thought of as an alternative to the conventional ‘chalk and talk’ method, but adapting to the new ways were not fully substituted as thought. Back then, there was a choice of two to choose from. But now, at this juncture of fearing the pandemic, the educational system has come to terms with digital classrooms for learning and teaching.
As much as students and parents have accepted the new normal ways of gaining knowledge through online portals, teachers have struggled to make the ends meet by putting in their continuous effort to prepare a convenient classroom session for every student. This switch to online classrooms and examinations was a tough row to hoe, especially for the educationists.
Examinations are bound to happen throughout the academic year, and yes, it could be a challenging phase for teachers as well as students. With online education being the go-to source for students, preparing them for major examinations is the sole responsibility of teachers. There will arise difficult conversations and subject-wise performance analysis, but teachers will be subjected to reason if students do not perform well. But again, how much can teachers put in their efforts if students or parents overlook academics?
For teachers reading this, always be on a self ‘analysis’. Think about what could be better, how it could be better, and where it can get better. The efforts and practices you put in to make every minute count, are worth any examination result. Keeping that in your checklist, we have spun together a few details, to help you cope with examination results and the new normal in schools.
- First and foremost, know that feeling the ‘pressure’ is totally normal for you too! Parents do expect teachers to prepare their children to perform miracles at examinations, whether or not the students make efforts. Teachers may not be able to change the situation, but they can learn to cope with such events happening. A sense of taking control is the key to dealing with such stressful situations. Engage in relaxing activities like playing a musical instrument, watching a favourite television show, mind soothing exercises like dancing, listening to music, and even playing with pets. It may sound like extra work, but it is a good way to switch your focus from the constant exam results.
- Value yourself. Remember that no student would be able to read let alone pass an examination without your unceasing effort to make them revise at least once. Make sure that you remind yourself that as a teacher, you play a major role in shaping a child’s future.
- Talk about your worries or concerns with loved ones or your peer group. Conversing with like-minded people can help you recognise fears, areas of weaknesses, and strength. Work on improving your mental health by getting help from people who can talk you through the process.
- Plan an event or an activity to look forward to, after the exams gets over. This will help to ease the mind and keep you physically active. Remember, this too shall pass.
- Be ready to visualise the time after exams, and make a plan to converse with students and parents who might need to hear your thoughts. Relax and prepare a list of students who may need extra attention after the results come in. In this way, you can be prepared for the meetings to follow.
- Eat well, rest well. That goes without saying, but teachers need it as much as students need it too. It is important to keep the body nourished and well-rested before any busy day. A healthy body houses a healthy mind!
- Focus on progression, rather than perfection. Considering a teacher’s role in examinations, they can keep a check on a student’s academic progress by keeping track of previous results. As teachers, you should not expect all your students to get full marks or a top grade in all subjects. Instead, teach in your best efforts and leave the rest to the students. By keeping a personal record of students who need attention, celebrate the small yet significant changes in their academic results, and give yourself a pat on the back!
A teacher’s mental health is also a priority, and it is not just about students all the time. With the pandemic slowing down our educational progress, teachers are working around the clock to ensure that students receive the best kind of learning experience and good results as an outcome. The period in between waiting for examination results can be mentally exhausting for both students and teachers, but these simple tactics can go a long way. As teachers, always remember to value yourself and recognise the power of being an educationist!