Online classes are the internet’s biggest contribution to the education industry. While we are trying to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, students and teachers have found their way to advance with their tasks and responsibilities.
As of now, 98% of educational institutions have moved to in-person online classes.
But from students making excuses for network issues to spinning assignments, we understand what you are facing these days. To help you, we have come up with 5 effective ways to tackle students during online classes.
1. Let’s Have Fun!
Yes, online education is a serious business, but captivating the attention of your students is the catch here. Nobody likes to sit in boring lectures with teachers blabbering about stuff that seems vague. Make your online classes interesting by including fun activities like polls, creative visualizations, presentations, etc.
According to a survey by Education Data, 46% of students found interactive media extremely helpful in understanding a concept.
Resorting to such methods can prove extremely beneficial to achieve engagement from students.
2. Ask Questions
Uttering words for the sake of completing a lesson is not worth your time and effort. Instead of plain explanations, take a step forward and ask quick questions to your students. This would help in the overall development of the students, and they’ll also get across the views of their peers. At the same time, don’t focus on questions that require time-consuming mathematical solutions or detailed explanations, as it can ruin the concept of a quick check-up.
3. Build A Relationship
Teachers and students share an intimate bond. Never make your students feel like the online class is a burdensome task. Be communicative and let your students speak. Having said that, we have also tried to contribute to this by releasing a comprehensive OnlinePro+ course where you can learn different tactics to build a healthy relationship with your students.
Schools and educational institutions help to form a dedicated routine. A similar routine can still be followed virtually by arranging a morning session with the students where they can talk about themselves. You must also share several things with them like how you are planning to spend your day, what you do in your me-time, etc thereby building a close connection.
4. BNBR Policy
Follow the BNBR policy i.e. Be Nice, Be Respectful.
According to a study by Education Week Teacher, students respect those teachers who respect them.
Often students are not able to answer, which can make them question their abilities and induces a sense of inferiority. To boost their image, revert with affirmations and assurance. Give them time to think and answer properly. Make sure you are not demotivating someone publicly just because one cannot put their thoughts into words. All in all, empathy and understanding is the key!
5. Get Into Their Shoes
How would you like to study virtually if you were a student? What techniques would you suggest to your teachers if you were to take online classes?
Ask these questions to yourself. Teaching is a noble profession and as we go by the saying -- Once a teacher, always a student!
Get into your students’ shoes and think from their perspective. You’ll get answers to most of your questions.
Teachers are no less than psychologists, for they can read their students’ minds quicker than the blink of their eye. So we know you understand them but at the same time, it is important to take feedback and understand their suggestions to teach them properly.
While you follow the above steps, make sure you don’t become too lenient that students stop following your words of wisdom.
In a nutshell, online education and virtual classes aren't a piece of cake but if you plan everything strategically, you can get through this as easy as pie.
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