Let students move with their pace, then accelerate once settled: Psychologist Akansha
There has been lot said about the issues and inconvenience caused due to online education during corona time. Few take this as the need of the hour for imparting basic education to children else there would be lot of time wasted if studies come to halt during Covid, while others are of the opinion that these online classes for small children are resulting in the mounting health issues in children and excessive digital pressure resulting in the eye related issues.
Gaurav Chhabra, subeditor, Newstrack discussed in detail with Developmental Psychologist Akansha Rastogi from Children First regarding way things changed in the recent few months in the education field.
Giving a deep insight on question “How students handling the online classes during COVID problem?” Akansha said, COVID has brought in a lot of changes in our structure of work, whether its home chores, office or school; every modality has been modified to cater the needs of current scenario. As online medium has helped to maintain the continuity in education, it has surely been as an advantage.
However, being at home and attending classes in same setting can also be a little challenging. Sustenance is difficult at times and student’s involvement is also impacted by a number of factors; which include presence of a parent, laptop, quiet environment, forming a routine etc. Also, most of the students are able to manage tech, but with toddlers and kids in pre-school it’s a challenging task, she added.
Psychologist further mentioned that it is also difficult to maintain a routine and schedule staying at home. We build associations with all places; but for now, home is one spot for everything. Thus, students who are able to take a PAUSE and redefine their space accordingly as per their roles it might be easier to attend to accommodate their online classes and take full benefit of it.
She further emphasized on the importance on not to pressurize students for the speed they are working with as every individual has its own pace, here’s what she said: “I would also like to say that it’s okay if students took some time to resettle as we all have our own pace. It is important to maintain continuity, rather than having high expectations each time. Students can take baby steps initially and then accelerate once settled.”