Changes in Teacher-student relationship


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I have realized that some students who were shy during in-person sessions, thrived in the online space. However, this is true only for those student groups that I have taught before Covid and I already know them. The most difficult thing was when I had to do an online course with a new group of students with whom I have never met previously in person.

In what ways did you respond to this dilemma/difficulty?

I tried to reframe this period as an opportunity to explore, to experiment with new methods, platforms, teaching-learning processes, therefore I did not experience that teaching in an online setting was that difficult, or emotionally exhausting for me. My students are mostly young adults – I tried to save some time during our synchronous online sessions for ventilation, I paid more attention to those, who were late with their assignments, or did not “show up” at the sessions.

What are the implications for teaching, learning and my understanding of the role of a teacher?

During online education I relied more on student feedback – I systematically collected their feedback, usually in writing.

Even before the intensive period of online education I thought of myself more as a facilitator than a teacher – this has just got stronger during this period

Keywords: interaction with students, well-being, teacher-student relationship

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