Once upon a time...
I was born into a family of dedicated and passionate educators, so teaching has always been in my blood. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the world into an online way of thinking, I have been tutoring.
But, like many of us, I took real-world connections for granted and became so used to walking into a classroom, greeting the students, and starting a lesson. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit South Africa and schools were closed, everything changed. Not just for me, for all of us. I had been wanting to start my own tutoring business for years, and Lock Down simply expedited the process. And so, BrainPowered was born.
All those months ago, when BrainPowered was just an idea, I was still teaching full time at a private high school. I thought that online teaching would be a breeze. Little did I know, literally. I realised that the connection with the students that I used to gauge their understanding was gone. I needed to reteach myself how to teach. I needed to get used to looking at all the students on one screen and sometimes having total silence when I asked a question. At first, I was not sure what to make of it but now I realise that the students were in a similar boat, they also did not have this type of teaching before.
Online teaching was not something that I thought I would be doing often and now its just about the only way I teach. It has pushed me to think of new ways to deliver the lesson and keep the interest of the students. I could no longer tell from their facial expressions or body language whether I had lost them or not. Pre-recording lessons and listening to myself afterwards also shocked me into thinking of how I need to change the way I teach. It is a work in progress, and I am not the same teacher I was before. I am excited to continually discover more ways to improve my online teaching so that I can master this!