Tips for Teaching in a Remote Learning Environment During The New Coronavirus

Remote Learning at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has teachers both anxious and excited about applying distance learning to traditional classrooms.

So, here are some of the tips in a remote learning environment at the time of Covid-19 pandemic:

  1. Cater to Even Lower Attention Spans

Though many of the people are eager to debunk a recent study claiming the human attention span is now less than that of a goldfish, most adults who have spent time in a classroom which will agree: researchers, in this case, may not have been too far off. When it comes to online learning, keeping student’s attention becomes even much more challenging.

2. Get Them Moving With Hands-On Tasks

Online learning does not mean your student's eyes need to be glued to the computer all day. Don’t be afraid to assign a curriculum related to the hands on activities. These will also drive home the lesson and show parents what their children experience is like in school. Encourage students to interact with family members get up and move around, build, draw, cook, chart and more. With the younger students, clear activities with parents beforehand, so materials are readily available, and any necessary supervision takes place. Remote learning also leads to a sedentary lifestyle. Some of the vital activities that get kids up and moving, even a little bit, can help kids remain healthy.

3. Host ‘Live’ Classes during Required Remote Learning

You may design the most engaging activities or choose to use a well-known expert video for a lesson. Moreover, part of developing a personal connection with students involves interacting with them in a real-time scenario. Although it may not be required by your school, the best way to continue building positive relationships with students at the time of remote learning is via hosting live classes. It also offers a sense of normalcy. Keep up interactivity by promoting live discussions through your learning management system.

4. Hold Regular Virtual Office Hours

Set office hours when students or parents can simply reach you in a real-time scenario. While a couple of office hours daily are ideal, these should even occur three times a week at the very least. Knowing they can reach you for urgent issues or to address more complex issues during this time offers a sense of consistency and comfort for students. During your virtual office hours, plan to be available via the phone, video chat and instant messenger. With the messaging systems, be sure to log on and make your presence visible, so students can be sure you are available to talk. If you are meeting with a student with the help of a video or phone, update your status to “student meeting”.

Chandan Kumar
New Delhi