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Homeschooling through the eyes of a mother and a teacher

With the last few months making homeschooling imperative, it is debatable whether it’s the best way to educate your child. However, the advantages it brings with it can’t be overlooked either. As a mother and a teacher, I have experienced its ups and downs first-hand. In an unsafe time, it brought continuity to educating our little ones while keeping them safe and embracing school on their computer screen

I heard high-pitched voices of excited responses being delivered by my son, usually a quiet and shy child. I found that he has finally drawn to a world of shedding inhibitions and is bravely sharing experiences after many years of trying to do so unsuccessfully.

Remote learning has finally provided him an edge in learning without having the fear of embarrassment when making a mistake in class and being laughed at. As the teacher continues, his decibel of excitement increases. Homework is no longer a drudgery. He loves to type his work and save it for the next day, an exercise that he detested because his handwriting didn’t quite support his thoughts.

To Homeschool or not to Homeschool

I had always thought of homeschooling him as he would miss school owing to his ill health. The need to socialize and work collaboratively would all be missed if I had considered homeschooling. I remember an article I had read while teaching the IGCSE English paper on homeschooling which debated the pros and cons of homeschooling. It seemed to be a far-fetched idea then but today it seems it has suddenly been realized.

My take on remote learning has been two dimensional; one as a teacher and the other as a parent. When I see both my kids enjoying and being engaged by their teacher,

“I realize that having kids glued to their screens to listen and participate in discussions led by the teacher is no mean feat.”

I place myself here as a parent and salute the teaching community for the uphill task of managing students by the dozen. I am not sure how the evaluation and the assessments could turn out to be, but for now, I am happy that students have the empathy to respect the efforts of their teachers and join the learning process sans friends, colorful classrooms, PE classes and basically the vibrant and exhilarating buzz in the school building.

Facing the blackboard to sitting behind a computer screen

 

Distance learning, I must say has taught  students and learners of all ages to break the stereotypical notion that learning only takes place in schools. Learning as per the Indian Gurukul system happened out in the open and the enchanting forests too.

 

“Learning is not limited to well-designed spaces and instructors with polished eloquence.”

 

I think learning is a sacred connection between a teacher and his/her students who engage in topics from the mundane to the complex.

 

Dedicated teachers: The secret sauce of successful of homeschooling

 

I hear the teacher appreciating the responses and the smile on the faces of students. Learning is taking place with ‘think aloud’ intellectual questions. Learning is about knowing and knowledge is about transferring skills learned to fruitful gains.  The new normal has stalled giant industries from moving their wheels and shut down the nuts and bolts of many businesses. But, fortunately,  teachers continue  valiantly spinning the wheel of learning faster than ever. It is true; there is never a recession to prevail in the education industry!

 

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Written by Zehra Shaikh

English language faculty for AS Level and IBDP at Bunts Sangha's SM Shetty International School & Junior College, An IB World School, Hiranandani, Powai, Mumbai.
Faculty of English Language and Literature for the past 22 years. I have the quest to learn and teach the nuances of the English language in correlation with human experiences,  cultures, beliefs, and multilingual influences that positively contribute to world communities.

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