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Learning and Teaching Tech Challenges during COVID-19

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell.
“Learning involves strengthening correct responses and weakening incorrect responses. Learning involves adding new information to your memory, and Learning involves making sense of the presented materials by attending to relevant information, mentally reorganizing it, and connecting it with you already know.” – Bidita Rahman, Author of You are More Than You are.
COVID-19 is a significant revolutionary challenge in the 21st century. It influences us a lot. And it creates boundless discomfort in the Educational system, which we need to adjust and accomplish the changes during this time. The time is now, 2020. The beginning and end of the 2020 academic year is fast approaching because of Covid-19, the noble pandemic virus. The educational challenges are also increasing, and technology can take place to visual to the virtual world. The education system of the present age and the past have undergone many changes. As a result, students, teachers, parents, and school administrators are now learning technology for educational purposes. But the problem is that the use of technology has been around for a long time, but no one thought even last year that its use would increase in education or that dependency would grow fast. But now, thinking about the current education system, the whole world is facing this challenge. There are many kinds of problems. What kind of students is fighting the “most education” and how much they have lost in the development of education is coming out; the main reason is that teachers are not familiar with virtual teaching? They are going through many obstacles. We need training on “How to adapt to virtual teaching and learning techniques” from the Instructional leaders. Almost all the educational institutions in the world are struggling with online education. And most of the students get frustrated; for that reason, many children do not have online access in their area or home. That’s the most challenging part.

Research says, almost 40 percent of teachers in the United States have a child younger than 12, according to American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates. Teachers between 36 and 50 years old are more likely to have a young child than not, which will create significant challenges for these teachers, especially if children do not go back to school simultaneously as their parents. And if schools must revert to remote Learning again, these teachers will have less time to dedicate to their classes because of their parents’ responsibilities. This spring, teachers who were unable to work because of family demands or debilitating illness caused by the novel coronavirus received two weeks of paid sick leave and up to 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

Now let’s talk about other educational barriers. It needs to understand what factors hamper students’ Learning, obstruct teachers from teaching these students, and what services must address the negative consequences of COVID-19 on educational performance and equity more substantial restructuring. We must spend a little time to understand. Let’s talk a little bit:
It is necessary to create a virtual relationship with expression through verbal and visual signals, as many expressions (facial expressions) can be shown in the classroom. Still, video or virtual can be uncomfortable with some technology, which requires some discussion and practice. When communicating with students using exaggerated nodding, verbal and non-verbal cues need to be provided during repeated checks to ensure that expression can be emphasized that students can understand. I mean direct virtual communication. It needs some excitement and stimulus is enough to master what is being taught in video conversations. Here are some tips to help, such as Record your lecture – Students will miss a live-streamed class if they are sick or have difficulty accessing the Internet. Instead, record videos and send them to your students so they can watch in their own time. It is better not to make a video for more than 15 minutes because it has less focus and puts pressure on the eyes. Or record 15 minutes in two or three short videos.
Teams should not be used for direct communication. Instead, set up “Virtual Office” on a video conferencing tool like Zoom. Just log in at the scheduled time and wait for the students. Focus on providing social support and verifying if any problems need to be resolved immediately. It can be a way to gather student feedback on your online education, with a survey of how your virtual access is helping or not can be done from students.
Flexibility is a great instructional strategy for online teachers. Tell your students that this is your first time teaching online, and you are learning while teaching. Be sure to ask them to help you, assuring them that you will do your best to support their Learning. They will be sympathetic because they share the same feelings, and you will be ready for success.
Students face severe uncertainty and anxiety, and many are struggling to learn outside a traditional classroom. The priority of states, districts, and schools should always be their students’ success and health. Students need extra care during the COVID-19 crisis because they mostly face these challenging situations rather than teachers. It provides integrity, and students’ learning possibilities will involve considering the conditions teachers are suffering and giving appropriate support as they operate and help their students navigate this vulnerable situation.

Bidita Rahman

Author, Scholar, Instructional Leadership Practitioner, and Doctoral student, St. John’s University, New York

The Psychological Stamina during COVID-19 Panic Attack

Human has a great source of power. Every human has an inner system where he can understand the power of thought. The power of thinking can understand the current situation or the situation he belongs to. The method of the internal thought process has the strength to understand the actual thing. The real case and other conditions cannot know at the surface level. The psychological SWOT analysis needed (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and threat) by receiving the real power of the source. Nowadays, we humans are facing a deadly virus called COVID-19. This virus is not an epidemic. It is called Pandemic. It kills the number of people but affects the number of people. We only see the death rate because the media shows us.
Moreover, this may be affecting our psychological state. This virus attacks human through touch, sneezing, arousing through talk. So, the prevention is cleaning hand and sanitize it, build social distance, and sneezing at the elbow. Are we do that? We create social range by staying at home. However, social media we connect, and virus aroused through news and continuously attacking our minds. So, this virus first welcomes our brain and nervous system; then, we become weak. Our immune system becomes weak. Then a virus attack on our body if we get aroused from it. Thus, we need to create distance not only in the real world but also in the virtual world.
On the other hand, the coronavirus outbreak caused most people to get unemployed and locked at home. They were feeling uncertain and had no idea that they will have a paycheck again. So, the isolation of the people has limited the social contract and feels stressed and overwhelmed with the challenges, creating more anxiety and post-traumatic depression disorder. Mental health experts worried that most Americans could have massive depression episodes and thoughts about suicide.
The situation is getting worse in New York City, and it may take longer to get normal everything. So, in that case, saving enough food and money for the crisis is a wise idea. Furthermore, the situation on lockdown at home or isolation, people need to reshape the body and mind with meditation and praying. Social media is an excellent tool to connect with family and friends, but avoid some issues about the virus continuously is getting more depressed, knowing the death rate. Stress feeling or depression may generate high blood pressure, nervousness, tension, and headaches, and it will later stay forever. The side effects of mental disturbances are weakening the immune system, which are our powerful tools to fight against the virus and other challenging issues. Build an immune system with taking vitamin C, morning meditation, and exercise.
In that situation, searching for online jobs or doing online teaching or counseling with people is also a better idea. Just need precaution for better mental health—Ready for the worse situation and taking more inspiration speech from the great leaders. Reading online books about self-help and motivational may support for some time to take a bad situation. Taking a regular shower and cleaning home as well is a good idea. Watching comedy movies or making a drawing is also a calming mind exercise.
The situation of life is dominating by nature. We, people, are experiencing with the mental tools. However, it needs to take care of the body and spirit. It is a nightmare, and it will go away soon. Hope is the medicine for better mental health at this moment. COVID-19 is a word of killing machine to the human being. However, human has excellent power to prevent it from following some restriction. Additionally, it will resolve it soon.

Bidita Rahman

Author, Scholar, Instructional Leadership Practitioner, and Doctoral student, St. John’s University, New York