7 Important Things to Remember when you Teach Students Online
Teaching is not an easy profession and it is even more strenuous with a Global Pandemic. It is totally normal to feel overwhelmed by this daunting task but don’t worry our dear Teachers Vawsum has got you covered. Here are some important tips to remember when you teach your students online next. 80% Teachers confirmed that these tips helped them when they taught students online. Let’s begin!
Be familiar with the platform you use!
Don’t just jump into taking lectures without familiarizing yourself with the app or software you use. That is similar to crossing a street with your eyes closed! You never know what error will pop up while teaching or the difficulties your students might be facing while learning.
Learn about the software/app first. Read the manual, watch YouTube videos, and then take the next step! If you are using the Vawsum App then look at our YouTube tutorials!
Plan your content
A simple look into the book and explanation will not work. Online classes need more eye-catchy visuals and curiosity evoking exposition. Therefore, plan what you are going to present and how you are going to do it. Make sure that the students receive the lesson plan so they are prepared too.
Show your face
This is really important! If you simply put out a presentation and read through it, nobody will bother to listen. The lack of a physical classroom is already unsettling, let’s not make it worse. Show your face while taking classes, be it live or recorded. The students will feel much better and might concentrate as well.
Make your class interactive
Sitting in front of a screen and listening to someone speak for hours together is an ordeal. Students love to talk, even if they are shy. Encourage them to speak, ask them to take lectures, answers their questions, call them by their name, and give them a task; waiting for volunteers is not a good idea always. Try making your classes as interactive as possible!
Don’t bombard students with excessive activities and short deadlines
Although activities and assessments are quite essential, they can add to their stress response if not handed out properly. First make sure that the students understand the concept well, then hand out assignments. Give them at least 3 days for submission and longer if need be. Try not to lash out if submissions are not done on time, it could be due to a technical difficulty or personal problems, Always Communicate!
Record your classes
Students who are sick or are facing internet issues may not be able to attend your lectures on time. Make sure you record your lectures and make it accessible to them. Recording your classes is a very important part of online classes. You can use google drive to upload study materials and your recorded lessons and then send the link to all your students, this way they can revisit the concepts and strengthen their understanding whenever they want.
Communicate with your students
Not all doubts and queries can be answered during a live session, there are kids who feel anxious to talk, that’s where texting or calls will help. Communicate with your students, personally or in groups, ensure that they are doing well and have understood their concepts. Build a bond with them and then see how your classes improves.
Remember these tips when you Teach Students Online next time and do not forget to share your experience with us.
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