Virtual classes, the new challenge for the Ecuadorian teacher
In many countries around the world a day is dedicated to celebrate the teacher, and in the case of our country the date of April 13 was established , in tribute to the birth of the writer and educator Juan Montalvo, who was born on a day like today of 1832 at Ambato .
The Ecuadorian Teacher’s Day surprises us in the midst of an international health emergency , in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths on all continents.
This confinement to which we are forced to avoid the spread of the covid-19 altered the normal rhythm of classes at all levels of education, which have adopted the virtual modality to end this 2019-2020 school year.
The new system has forced teachers to rethink their work styles , adapt the teaching of content and develop new skills in computing in an unprecedented modality for almost everyone.
Luisa Güisamano Lasso, a graduate in Educational Sciences, graduated from the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, is a first- grade teacher at the María Eufrasia school in Quito.
She told El TELÉGRAFO that, like most educators, she is venturing into something new: “We have had to find another way to teach classes to children through various platforms, some with their own pros and others with their cons and we have to adapt to the one that can work best ”.
Güisamano clarified that work is done more than by the face-to-face method because the experience was already clear there: “But, for example, this Monday the 13th I have to take tests from the Zoom platform, which is my first time, and it will be time to make changes.”
On his experience in this beginning within the virtual education system , he highlights that it has been very good to see the students who are under the psychological pressure of this moment. “A very big bomb for them and we try to reassure them and embrace this process with new rules, it is another adaptation.”
Luisa, although this is not her case, is concerned about students who do not have access to the internet , with few resources , for example, those from the countryside or many houses that only have a computer and students and parents dispute with teleworking. . “It will be an effort of the students, the teachers and the families to finish this course with this modality”.