How to Promote Effective Learning In a Classroom Environment
How to Promote Effective Learning in a Remote Classroom Environment
The world has brought many changes to us, and some of them circle around the concept of remote living. When it comes to education and how it’s suddenly adapted from in-person learning to online and remote learning, this offers all sorts of new potential problems for students that are now learning in “uncontrolled” environments.
The problem with remote learning
There are some serious advantages to remote learning. Namely, teachers and students can learn wherever they are. It also uses tech, which most kids love and engage with well. However, learning from “anywhere” also presents challenges with a lot of previously controlled circumstances. For example, access to the internet, in-home distractions, excitement over attending school in PJs, etc., are all new additions. There are some fixes available, though, and they’ll help promote easier, better remote learning, and with a lot more fun.
Tips for helping create an effective remote classroom environment
From elementary to high school to post-secondary students, there are many ways that you can help create an effective and focused online classroom. Some of the best ones are below, again, designed to be as useful as possible for students and teachers of all kinds.
- Reward engagement: Some students are always going to be more likely to talk than others. However, you’re going to want to consider something like an incentive to get everyone going. The more that everyone participates, the more that it equalizes everyone, and they can see that they’re all in this confusing time together. No one is singled out or ignored. Online education can often be intimidating for those who aren’t used to video chats, so knowing that they’re all engaging the same (whether it’s through reading lines from stories or answering questions) keeps everyone on the same playing field.
- Each lesson should have focused content: Instead of trying to teach with something like formulas or sequences (such as in math or science), focus on a central piece of content. Have a lesson rather than a walk-through so that questions are able to follow the lesson instead of feeling stressed if they missed a step. Also, connect the content of something they already know so that they can “connect the dots” and understand the relevance. For those who have a bit of anxiety, it can help them keep focused and see that they understand things correctly.
- Keep lessons short and to the point: While teachers want to focus on standard lesson plans, it’s important to keep the teaching part itself as to the point as possible. By blending a short-and-sweet lesson with classwork where students are engaging with each other and any at-home resources, it helps keep everyone engaged rather than zoning out and fiddling around on the computer with something else.
- Be patient: This isn’t related to one lesson, but all of them. Everyone is still transitioning to remote learning, and it’s important to make sure that everyone gets the benefit of the doubt if they’re not always the best students possible. For instance, some teachers may hate remote learning and won’t be as engaging or student-centered. Some students may find video chats or figuring out mics and mutes very stressful and can’t focus as well.
A classroom environment is still a classroom
Just because you’re no longer in a classroom doesn’t mean that you can’t have an orderly and comfortable space for students to learn. These tips will help you keep education front-of-mind yet still make sure that everyone has space and clarity to actually engage with lessons.