Celebrate Education Week

Teaching and learning

COVID-19, bushfires and floods not only disrupted businesses and industries but also the education system.

People cannot fathom the amount of work that goes into teaching unless they are a teacher themselves or live with a teacher.

A teacher said, "Parents to some extent had to become a teacher at home, monitoring and motivating their child to do work. This gave them a small glimpse into what the job entails. The appreciation was a nice feeling."

Teachers' experiences:

  • Hardest part: Teaching five to six year olds
  • Challenges: Not all families have learning devices and internet access
  • Proudest: Colleagues helping teachers present videos etc and students who adapted so quickly
  • Huge workload: Especially the first two weeks of distance education as well as being online for class
  • Miss: Social aspect and seeing their bright faces
  • Biggest concerns: Homework not done, as difficult to chase

The NSW Education Week is from August 3-7 with the theme "Learning together" with #EdWeek20. This is an apt theme with the rise of e-learning.

"There has been a systemic shift in which education will move away from 'a teaching culture to a learning culture'," Sean Tierney, Microsoft's director for Teaching and Learning Strategy, Asia said.

"Students will be empowered to learn for themselves in flexible, often collaborative ways, both inside and outside classrooms at their own pace.

"Teachers will have access to individualised real-time data on how well each of their students is progressing while parents will be better connected to, and involved with, their child's education with certainty, detail, and confidence.

"Overall, it means inspiring students onto a path of lifelong self-learning. And that can include learning about new technology, which they can learn with their children. If they can explore new ways of doing things, they can all grow together."

Sources: education.nsw.gov.au, unicef.org.au