by: BRYAN C. SILVESTRE, TEACHER II – BALANGA CITY NATIONAL SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted education systems worldwide, forcing a rapid transition to online and remote learning. Mathematics teachers have faced numerous challenges during this period, requiring them to adapt and develop new attitudes to ensure effective teaching and support for their students. As we move towards recovery, here are the top five best attitudes of a mathematics teacher:
1. Flexibility and Adaptability
One of the most crucial attitudes for mathematics teachers during the pandemic and beyond is flexibility and adaptability. As highlighted by Santiago Jr. et al., (2021), the sudden shift to remote learning necessitated quick adjustments in teaching methods and strategies. Teachers who demonstrated flexibility in adapting their lesson plans, incorporating digital tools, and accommodating individual student needs were more successful in maintaining student engagement and learning outcomes.
2. Empathy and Support
The pandemic has brought about increased emotional and mental health challenges for students. Mathematics teachers who exhibited empathy and provided emotional support have been shown to have a positive impact on student well-being and academic performance according to Wang et al., (2022). By creating a supportive and understanding environment, teachers can foster a sense of belonging and motivate students to overcome difficulties.
3. Effective Communication
Effective communication has always been essential in teaching, but it is even more critical during the pandemic. According to Alawamleh et al., (2021), mathematics teachers who maintained clear and consistent communication with their students and parents were more successful in managing expectations and addressing concerns. Regular updates, clear instructions, and timely feedback can enhance student engagement and help them stay on track.
4. Continuous Professional Development
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of continuous professional development for mathematics teachers. As suggested by Meng-Chun Chin (2022), educators who actively sought out opportunities for learning and professional growth were better equipped to navigate the challenges of new teaching and learning set-up. Engaging in workshops, online courses, and collaborative learning communities can enhance pedagogical skills and keep teachers up to date with the latest educational technologies and practices.
5. Resilience and Positivity
Maintaining resilience and a positive mindset is crucial for mathematics teachers during the pandemic and recovery period. As noted by Xenofontos & Mouroutsou (2022), educators who remained optimistic, embraced challenges as learning opportunities, and demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity had a significant impact on student motivation and achievement. By modeling resilience, teachers can inspire their students to overcome obstacles and develop a growth mindset.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for mathematics teachers. However, by adopting the attitudes of flexibility and adaptability, empathy and support, effective communication, continuous professional development, and resilience and positivity, teachers can not only navigate the current crisis but also contribute to the successful recovery of mathematics education.