Teaching from Home: The Garage Space as Classroom
October 05, 2021
How important are teachers? This question would merit an essay worth 10 pages. If that is still not enough, a thesis topic could have been possible, too. From our formative years to adulthood, teachers are always present in our lives. They are responsible for educating us starting from learning to count, read and write to mastering specializations that we are now using to earn money and better ourselves and society. Teachers are the first ones to see our potential. In fact, when we were discerning what to pursue in college, they were there to guide us. The celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5 should not only be about giving tributes to the many help and sacrifices they have been doing but also showing care and kindness, especially during these difficult and strange times. In this crucial day and age of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers are also one of the most badly hit by the ongoing crisis. It took a lot of effort (could still be an understatement) to adjust. They have to prepare to migrate to online platforms to be able to teach, which costs a fortune. They had to purchase laptops or tablets, high-quality microphones and headphones, and high-speed internet for online classes. And all the while they are adjusting and preparing themselves to normalize this kind of teaching, they also have to take good care of their students who are also new to this kind of setup. There is a lot to consider when teaching in this new normal setup. For one, there should not be any distractions in your environment, whether it is your background or your table setup. Second, it should be absolutely free from noise and foot traffic. Third, it should be a place where you can concentrate on your teaching and focus on the needs of your students.