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Being a teacher in the time of crises

par Ruzica Madzarevic
Langue: EN

These days we are facing health crises that cause disruption in many everyday activities. Like any other crises it shakes our whole system and even our foundation. As a teacher, trainer we face with personal and work challenges: changed time structure, limitation, fear, etc…

Here are some ideas that may help us survive and even thrive in time like that.


  1. Understand reactions during crises

Crises are defined as a time of intense difficulty or danger. The more intense difficulty is the more intense are our challenges. Crises will bring out on the surface many reactions we could never predict- crying, doubting, anger. But, it may not happen during the first weeks. We may continue to behave like nothing is happening and feel the same, and that is ok. There are no normal or expected ways to behave and feel during crises – it is all normal reactions to an abnormal situation.


  1. Develop a basic, simple action plan

Since we will be challenged in many ways, we may feel overwhelmed with tasks. Therefore, we need to make a very simple basic time structure: what I need to do regarding taking care of myself, my family and what is most important at work?


  1. Always look for supporting element  

Being a teacher means that we need to embrace new ways of working or maybe be scared for our job. Some of us will lose part of the income since the institution will be closed or students are not interested to buy the course. We may be worried about our health or the health of our loved ones. For each of our worries, it is important to find at least one thing we may use as a support, something we may rely on. For example, if our income is reduced we may be confident that we will find a way to spend less or find some financial aid.


  1. Simplify

During these times when our resources are stretched out, we need to find our simple and easy way to finish tasks. This is especially important in our teaching work- use simple methods, use ICT tools that you find easy to use, ask others for help, adjust the training plan.


These are some of the ideas that may support us during these crises. Leave us in comment sections guidelines that are useful to you during these days.  

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