Some form of stress is a must for being successful and fulfilling your ambitions. But sapping & overwhelming stress does more harm than good. Dealing with stress, therefore, is important to be successful. The current pandemic situation has amplified and exacerbated stress for teachers. Addressing this rising anxiety issue amongst teachers and fostering mechanisms to support them, KYS Infosystems, organized an interactive session on Stress management for educators, in association with Innovative Educators Forum. Panellists Girish Ramamurthy & Shiva Prasad, KYS Infosystems emphasized on the need for a comprehensive learning management system as a tool for teachers to manage stress.
During the interactive session, it was shared, that the changing face of the education system with the introduction of new education policy, a new system of remote learning due to pandemic has brought new stressors for teachers. The trajectory of an academic calendar looks a whole lot different for those involved in school systems. The shift to online modalities of learning, restructuring in the way content is curated and delivered, is leading to a sense of anxiousness, fear, and worry amongst teachers.
“A teacher-student face to face interaction is very essential for student development and has been the usual norm of teaching. With the pandemic taking this away, it is putting stress on everyone including children. There is a cultural shift in the education system from having them in the classroom to now teaching virtually. It is becoming challenging for teachers to manage the different nuances of the current online teaching mediums available”, shared Girish Ramamurthy, KYS Infosystems, a pioneer in the online education field that has created & customized EZSLATE, the robust Learning Management System for Schools & Universities.
“Teachers are in a completely unfamiliar zone with learners as remote spectators and parents as unwanted intruders. The stress of being under constant observation while teaching through an unfamiliar medium with totally new tools is least to say challenging and stressful”, further shared Shiva Prasad Desai, KYS Infosystems.
Teachers actively participated in the session and shared their struggle to engage learners gainfully, getting them to respond and collaborate during lessons, assessing the outcomes, lack of effort in class, Noisiness, and keeping the students safe as some of the challenges they are facing.
The panellists addressed each query and shared that while the reason for stress differs as per individuals, the solution also has to be customized. It is important for every teacher to analyse each situation tactically and strategically and resolve it. Further, it was highlighted how the right technology is the best solution for teachers and schools in these unprecedented times.
“When teachers don’t have the resources they need, especially when sustained job demands are high, teachers experience stress. This would result in less effectiveness of teachers and also affect the performance of students. Hence it’s important for teachers to be mindful and create the right home-work balance. Regular Exercise along with Self-care, Self-realization, and Self – discipline will assist in reducing stress”, informed Girish Ramamurthy.
“Using the right technology will help resolve many challenges. Teachers need to exploit the technology available to them. Most educators, you look at, use web conference – That is not LMS. It’s just a medium to share data. Learning Management System is a virtual school where everything is put together. A smart LMS will have all features integrated into one, easy to use with access to teachers promoting the idea of blended & hybrid learning”, shared Shiva Prasad.
“A robust, flexible and smart Learning management system is the need of the hour. It is the tool which will empower teachers to make education fun, engaging kids, manage changes in curriculum & content resulting in saving time & effort, customize content giving personal attention to kids and analyzed assessment leading to better education imparted to children”, further added Girish Ramamurthy.
One of the teachers asked, “With the socio-economic disparity inaccessibility to technology, low-income schools have to rethink how they prioritize otherwise unquestioned beliefs of ‘completing syllabi’, how do we address this?”
“A recent survey showed that 90% of people have smartphones and with the strong penetration of Jio & airtel there is good internet connectivity. With a good LMS like EzSlate, which comes with the facility of Virtual classes, the schools can easily connect with the students on smartphones, where they can download the content online and then refer to it offline”, shared Shiva Prasad.
Different tools of Learning management systems were explained along with smart tips for teachers to manage stress and have a healthy work environment.