The Impact of New Normal of Education to Students and Teachers

The effects of the new normal of education to students and teachers. It was the year 2020. The beginning of a new chapter in many people's life. A lot of people had low expectations and a lot of others had great aspirations. Another year where everyone was crossing their hopes for a fresh start. Despite our excitement, we were constantly assaulted with terrible news from throughout the globe. When we thought things couldn't get any worse in March, they did. President Rodrigo Duterte announced a state of emergency in the Philippines on March 16, 2020. What we believed would be a temporary break from school and work quickly developed into "two weeks to flatten the curve," which grew into two years of political and economic chaos as the globe proclaimed a state of emergency.

            Similarly, many people have expressed their delight at being relieved of their obligations, but many have also voiced their dissatisfaction with the fact that they would be robbed of action. Because of a lack of autonomy, I wasted much of my freedom from duties in 2020 converting it into grief. I was no longer smiling before I realized it. Both students and instructors have to make difficult adjustments in order to keep up with the times. Teachers had no concept how to teach effectively, and students had no idea how to study well. Regardless, we ever-resilient humans find a method to solve issue after problem. But, in order to obtain and give great education in these challenging times, what challenges did students and teachers face?

            Students come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they may be divided into two groups: the lucky and the unfortunate. Those who are lucky enough to have a warm home and parents who have steady employment may easily find time, space, and energy to begin studying. Then there are others who are unlucky enough to lack their own personal space in their homes, and even worse, parents or guardians who are unable to meet their requirements. A lucky student may easily locate a table to place his notes and laptop on and take advantage of online lessons. Most of the unlucky ones do not have access to the internet, much alone a gadget that can connect to it. Though we feel sorry for the unlucky, this isn't to mean that the fortunate haven't had their share of difficulties.

            The majority of the less fortunate students choose to take their classes in a totally modular format. This enables students to study without having to attend online sessions and to learn at their own speed without having to adhere to strict deadlines. All of this comes at the cost of a facilitator's absence. There's a reason they went to school in the first place: not everyone can study properly on their own. They are on their own if their parents or guardians are unable to assist them in studying their courses. It's better than nothing, even if it's unfortunate. The more fortunate students have the option of taking lessons online or in an asynchronous format. This gives students the opportunity to sit and listen to their teacher, effectively acting as a facilitator. Their connection with an online teacher aids their learning, particularly if the student is a visual learner. Despite the fact that online students are capable of attending courses, many said that they prefer face-to-face learning since online sessions were challenging to keep their attention. According to a ScienceDirect.com article, pupils enjoyed more flexible schedules with less class hours than in conventional sessions. This permits students to stay on track with their classes despite the less-than-ideal learning environment. There were a few repercussions on pupils because of the change to online programs. A tiny percentage of students’ report experiencing physical and mental discomforts such as severe headaches, eye strain and irritation, loss of attention, and so on. Physical pressures are to blame for these side effects. As a result, many students considered traditional classrooms more pleasant than online classes, while just 4% of the sample size claimed the opposite. According to El Mansour and Mupinga (2017), one of the largest issues that online modality confronts is the absence of direct connection between students and instructors. In a case study involving 41 undergraduate students at a four-year midwestern institution, the absence of face-to-face contact was the most common complaint about online courses. In the survey, 73.5 percent of students said they were more attentive in online classrooms than in normal classes.

            Despite our lack of preparation, we were able to overcome it with a little elbow grease. We also learnt something during those brief periods of absence from school. It's that we continue long enough to discover a solution to any difficulty, even if things are horrible right now. Because of our imperfection as humans, some solutions aren't ideal, yet a feasible solution is preferable than nothing. However, the year is now 2022. Thus, what have we discovered so far? Depending on the kind of learner you are, learning has grown more difficult or simpler. After all, according to American developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, there are at least eight different varieties of intelligence. Everyone learns and excels in various ways. I may learn quicker by seeing, acting, and hearing, but you may learn faster by merely reading.

            The New Normal is a story about individuals being better than other people in various situations. For me, learning on the computer is a nightmare! However, there is someone out there that enjoys studying through computer. Teaching is a good example of this. When educating students in a face-to-face session vs an online program, you must have a completely different perspective. From front to back row, the instructor gets a clear view of his pupils' activities in the classroom and can immediately respond. It's difficult to say how much schooling has improved or deteriorated for pupils. Even though some may believe it is becoming worse, we teachers will continue to come up with new methods to make learning an unforgettable experience for our students. It may be difficult at first, but I honestly feel that education has not deteriorated throughout these challenging times. That is something I believe as a teacher.