My ‘Oldest Young’ Student
My ‘Oldest Young’ Student3 mins 91 3 mins 91
There you go again. Absolutely! I am not talking about a young toddler or a teenager here. I must say that I was fortunate to have the ‘oldest young’ student to teach during this pandemic. Guess! Why did I say ‘oldest young’? Old in age but young in heart! A septuagenarian who believes learning has no age or limit. If one has an overwhelming and indomitable spirit, one can move mountains.
It was a tough time that we all academicians went through as the cases of Covid 19 were on the surge. It was time to fasten our seat belts, come out of the physical classroom and switch our gear to the digital ones. For people like you and me or rather those who are computer literate it is easy to sail through. When this switch was announced in our school some were apprehensive as they never ever worked on a computer; even if they worked it had its own limitations. Here starts the roller coaster ride of learning and unlearning. Convincing and training.
Thorough planning and training took our May holidays. Nevertheless, the outcome was good. It was at this time that we, who otherwise were busy with our classrooms while in the physical class, came together under one roof ‘The Google Classroom’. Teaching people who understood computer vocabulary was not so difficult but my new student was extraordinary. You teach today and she would need a revision class tomorrow. Every time you introduce a new format you would get your phone ringing ‘Take an exclusive class for me again. I haven’t understood anything.’ It was like teaching your student who would say “Teacher could you please repeat? I have not understood.”
She never made me miss my slow learners in the class. With all due respect to the age, I would repeat and calmly deal with the lessons on digital learning. After teaching everything when you sat satiated with the thought of accomplishment, comes another of my student’s request, ‘Why don’t you make a video of all that was taught to us and we do our revision in the remaining holidays?’ That struck lightning in my head. I must say now that’s what an experience speaks. Moreover, I was overwhelmed with the thought of ‘revision’. How amusing! The zeal to learn never ends and so was in her case. She belongs to the traditional school pattern who has never presented any PowerPoint or used digital board but was always ready to learn.
When I reflect on this passion for learning at the age when one thinks of relaxing and enjoying time with family, I think about the generation next. They do not showcase the same spirit. Under the name of online learning, there is merely hide and seek played with the teachers. I wish they learn from this and take learning seriously. Remember friends….learning has no age and it must continue no matter what challenges we face.