The Arduous Road of Teacher-Student Relationships

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Apart from our doctors and nurses, I feel the only other profession to get hit the hardest due to Covid-19, was teaching. Our teachers were flung into an almost alternate world — planning lessons and teaching them online with absolutely no notice or training. Whoever saw this coming? To have to do this for a day or a week is understandable. But to do it two years in a row is rather inconceivable. And yet our teachers did it. They dug deep as they always do, and delivered perfectly.

A teacher who was modern, open-minded, with a social media presence, for example, was more proficient in having an online classroom. He/she adapted faster. A teacher who was shy and avoided the camera his/her entire life, felt awkward and put on the spot.

And the children went through the same thing. A shy child versus an outgoing one, a reserved one versus a confident one, an awkward one versus a sure-of-himself/herself one. You might argue that this was the case in physical school too, and you’d be right. But it came more to light during online school.

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Nalini Sorensen is an award-winning children’s author who loves spending time with children and looking at the world through the wonder of their eyes.
She has written numerous books for children and has contributed to anthologies, children’s magazines, and has written readers for schools in India. She is a TEDx speaker and has presented at numerous literary events across India. Connect with her on Instagram (@nalinisorensen) and Facebook (@NaliniSorensenAuthor).

Nalini Sorensen

Nalini Sorensen is an award-winning children’s author who loves spending time with children and looking at the world through the wonder of their eyes. She has written numerous books for children and has contributed to anthologies, children’s magazines, and has written readers for schools in India. She is a TEDx speaker and has presented at numerous literary events across India. Connect with her on Instagram (@nalinisorensen) and Facebook (@NaliniSorensenAuthor).