Lit’EDTech Fiesta | 21 | Teaching in the times of Covid-19

In episode 21 of Lit’EDTech Fiesta, Daastan invites Mr. Morgan. He teaches English to children as a second language in places as far flung as China. He learnt of people’s desire to learn English while working as a cruise director. Following that he got accredited through various courses and embarked on his teaching journey. 

In conversation with David Morgan, an educationalist – we explore the questions oft faced in the education sector. These questions primarily focus on teaching and its surrounding discourse. Special attention is given to the role COVID has played in reshaping the traditional teaching models, as well as the role of the teachers themselves within the process.

To Teach or Not to Teach?

Teaching is a job that many find satisfying and fulfilling. However the way many individuals engage in it is through “partly choice, mostly chance”However, regardless of how fulfilling the profession may be certain limitations do exist. These limitations can devalue the teaching experience. As Mr. Morgan states here the role of the teacher becomes important, i.e. whether they are able to give individual attention to students and cater to their questions.

The impact of COVID on Teaching

In addition to the traditional limitations, the pandemic is a new dimension to it. According to Mr. Morgan, online teaching is resulting in disengagement to a large extent. Thus whenever he streams his own classes, he aims to make them “interactive with videos on YouTube and images to refocus students”However, it is also important to note that much of the adaptation seen due to the pandemic has been in favour of technology. This is not a suitable mode for Pakistanis as many in Pakistan do not have access to internet or laptops. 

Teaching the Teacher

With the change in situation, the teacher also has to learn to adapt. Hereby Mr. Morgan talks of his experiences in having to learn Zoom in order to conduct productive online classes. Alongside that, one is also constantly learning how to best keep the students engaged in an online setting. Further, it is important for the teacher to learn these things because COVID is here to stay, and the future of teaching looks more hybrid than reverting to complete normalcy. The emphasis is placed on looking at issues through a multicultural lens, as Mr. Morgan’s experiences in Europe differed from the situation in Pakistan- it is only through acknowledging the differences that an effective solution can be reached.

You can stream the full episode here. For more literary goodness, stay tuned!

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