Two aspects of Online Learning

  • 8 July
  • Bipin Pote

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven, or hell.

-Gautam Buddha

 

Covid-19 has marked the starting of a virtual-yug. Because of COVID-19 children started online education and adults are working from home. Life is not what it used to be. We all agree that corona has disturbed the well-defined structure of our lives. But did it stop us? From working? From learning? Big No! Because one thing the human race is really good at is, adjusting, evolving, and creating new structures. However, for thriving in this new structure we need two key aspects, “self-discipline” and “self-motivation”.

 

People say our true self comes out when no one is watching. For the last three and a half months we have been living in lockdowns inside our homes, not going out, not meeting friends and colleagues. We can decide our routines, our physical and mental hygiene. Research shows that people who are still disciplined and manage to stay motivated are flourishing in these difficult times as well.

 

Schools and the students are left most muddled during the ongoing phase. Classrooms are not plausible. Stopping the classes is also not an option. Schools and teachers are looking at various ways to keep the thing going. But there is no ideal way for now. Hence this is the crucial time, we need our students to work on these two virtues, “self-discipline” and “self-motivation”.

 

Parents inculcate good habits in kids. This is the peak time to ingrain them with “self-discipline” Change in small habits makes huge impacts in the long term. Following a proper schedule like school time-table, following routine for daily activities like lunch, bath, and dinner, doing homework on time with proper understanding, set time limit on television (I call it TV-diet) and phones will be a great start. Explain to them, if possible show them what impact this will create and encourage them to stay self-motivated.

 

Foster their brains to do good and make the right decisions even when there is no one to notice and no one to praise them. Regular conversations with kids about these virtues, telling them stories from great leaders, legends, and from your own childhood will work wonders. A self-motivated and self-disciplined mind can never deflect from its righteous path. And as the saying goes, “If you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anyone else?”

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Bipin Pote

Educationist and Visionary

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