Flexibility is Key


primary school, French teacher, department leader


During online lessons, students were not engaging with the content, did not have their cameras on, were playing something else and it caused a lot of behaviours issues to handle. So some of them were playing or doing something else, so it's harder to keep them concentrated and motivated. The most challenging part was the fact that we could not fully address them due to online mode and lack of interaction.

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

I started meditating a lot and included it in my classroom. So that was kind of fun to do with the kids, like with the video online, we used headspace and we tried like to do some meditating in front of computers as well. Sometimes I told them to just like close their eyes because they were always on the screen. And I realised that it is helping them as well to focus just on the sound. This helped with behaviour issues and students slowly became more focused and engaged, at least for those periods of times. I wouldn't say was flexible before, but I can be flexible and adapt more to the situation.

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

It’s being able to adapt to changes and finds possible solutions to the problems. These types of dilemmas help teachers unite and feel as if they are part of the same community. We were no longer French, English or History teachers, we were teachers in one school trying to help each other. So, it wasn't just us against the problems, but more as a team effort and it was a cool effort.

Keywords: Adaptation, teacher community, behaviour

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