Navigating and Managing "Panic-gogy" Virtually
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers across the whole world had to take urgent action to effect a rapid transformation. The purpose of this presentation is to reflect on the resultant virtual teaching practices, focusing on how secondary school EFL teachers enhanced their skills of navigating and managing both themselves and the learners using innovative approaches. While putting forth an effort to avoid panic and embrace pedagogy at the same time, the teachers were able not only to manage but also to motivate and regulate virtual teaching environments for a sustainable change that later resulted in high performance and engagement of both teachers and learners. This practice-based observational study paves the way for future studies to highlight the needs of online teachers’ professional development supported by digital tools and technological aids. Some examples of effective and interactive online resources and web tools applied on the Zoom platform will also be shared.