The summer holidays are coming to an end, and in about two weeks, children will return to school full-time post-pandemic. Naturally, it is a time of anxiety for teachers, parents, and children. Having gotten used to the computer and mobile screens, it remains to be seen how the kids will react to the new normal.
The teachers, too, are worried about how children would cope with this new change and are doing their best to be prepared for an interactive and friendly classroom. Many teachers in the city feel while some children like verbal communication, many of them would love activity-based, practical teaching methods.
A school principal of an international school says that their teachers are preparing to mix methods taking bits from the Montessori method of education and the new guidelines issued through the revised National Education Policy. He adds that they want the children to grow both intellectually and creatively.
Meanwhile, one of the clinical psychologists from the city shares that not all kids are keen to get back to school as they have lost touch with in-person interactions. Seeing and meeting can cause anxiety and emotional disengagement among children, which could reflect in their performance, says she.
So, the schools are planning for a method wherein they will first monitor a child’s attention span, energy levels, and appetite. Then they will work on increasing their attention span and, lastly, work on teaching them good manners and social skills before taking them into the subject.
Parent and teacher coordination is of utmost importance at this time, say the teachers.