When I was asked what I have learned from teaching during this pandemic, I have to admit that a bunch of ideas flooded my mind, yet it was hard to have a name for these, to adequately describe them.
It seemed a blur, in a way, as if I had “magically” adapted to establishing a new rapport with students. After thinking about this for some time, I realized that, although I have learned so much and have made adjustments, I am still, in fact, learning each day.
Here then, are the five factors that force me to reevaluate my purpose as an instructor:
Leniency (while also establishing accountability): I have always been accused of being too lenient, yet this trait has been rather useful during COVID. My philosophy has been to give students a “second chance,” so I like to have amnesty periods, where a missed assignment can be made up. I find that now, as many students are new to the online module, this is even more important. It allows them not to lose hope. There is always a chance to submit a missed assignment.
However, the responsibility of doing one’s best to keep up with deadlines is also stressed. There is room for error, but students also feel like the grade they earned is one for which they have worked very hard.