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By: Siddharth Manne
Teachers have been and will remain one of the most influential and powerful members of our society, whether it was 500 years ago or today. With their extreme dedication and deep passion to inspire and educate students, they shape our society. Throughout 2020, many teachers have been teaching completely online, though some students have recently started to attend physical school. But, can blended learning be as effective as physical school? Let’s see what teachers have to say.
Although a majority of students have decided to remain in the confines of their homes, teachers are undergoing a completely contrasting struggle, having to attend school daily, looking past their own health for their students. Around the globe, more than half a billion learners, approximately 30% of students, are required to take part in remote or online learning. 25 million teachers have gone through immense stress to provide the student population with quality education, through remote or blended learning. While 46% of teachers responded that blended learning has made their lives harder, only 31% have said the model has made things easier for them on an online survey. The inability to teach effectively and lack of social development remains a growing concern for the students remaining at home.
Ms. Yelisette, an MYP and DP Spanish teacher here at Sreenidhi feels “It’s not fair to the ones physically present, because I cannot approach them.” Approaching students due to social distancing norms continues to be a difficulty we must endure. Having issues devoting time to students online and at school simultaneously has been a struggle for her, along with academic honesty issues for the online students. Ms. Yelisette has expressed that she believes true blended learning is when students split school between remote and physical learning, as opposed to both occurring simultaneously, but she understands that students must be given the option to stay home, due to the safety concerns caused by this virus.
With mixed views on the concept of blended learning, many educators have clear concerns for this system, though many schools are left with no other choice due to the ongoing pandemic. As a complete remote learning system does not allow students to physically interact with others, causing long-lasting mental health issues, many have looked to blended learning as a viable solution.
(Sources: World Bank, Iowa State University, EDTech)
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