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By Anagha Vallikat

“What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches”- Karl. A. Menninger

Teaching and education are segments that are ever-evolving and developing. The amount of influence that a teacher has on their students is huge.

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Growing up, all of us have heard the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. I always had different answers; doctor, lawyer, engineer, A CAT! ( I actually said that because we had a cat called “Laala” and all he ever did was eat and sleep).

However, my Mom, for one, always wanted to become a teacher and that’s what she did. She went ahead and became one. When asked about what made her choose to teach, she said there’s joy in imparting knowledge and that would always be indebted to her teachers. I have seen her working at odd hours, prepping for school exhibitions and activities, and the joy that she gets when one of her students win can’t be put into words.

Despite the troubles and the struggles that she faced as a teacher, she was content and happy at the end of the day.

After retirement, she started tutoring kids. She was not very tech-savvy, so she used logbooks and attendance books and it was fascinating, to be honest. The onset of this global pandemic is what changed my Mom and a lot of teachers and tutors out there.

Though online teaching and online learning have been among us for quite some time now, it became an urban slang after the onset of this pandemic. Educational institutes, schools, universities came to a standstill, and life, as we know, ceased to exist!

Thanks to the advancement in technology, schools, and coaching institutes, are now using different online teaching platforms to conduct classes. Virtual classrooms are significantly different from the normal classroom environment and here are five amazing tips for teachers to conduct their online classes with ease.

Tips for online classes:

  1. Understand and Reinstate
  2. Involve and Conquer
  3. Relax
  4. Pictures, Stories and Visual Aids
  5. Record Yourself

1. Understand and Reinstate

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As mentioned above, the first thing to keep in mind is that there’s a marked line of difference between a virtual classroom and a normal classroom. As a teacher, understand this and reinstate confidence in your students. It might be overwhelming for your students.

It’s advisable to take a break and cut some slack in the classroom. This is a good classroom management technique that will help you to establish a rapport and authority.

2. Involve and Conquer

The best way to ensure that your students are engaged and interested in your online lesson is to involve them in the process. You can ask them to share stories that are relevant to the topic.

For instance, if you are teaching Mathematics and the part where Bob buys 800 watermelons, ask your students to share stories or any memory associated with watermelons. This will help you to establish rapport with the students and to capture their attention for longer.

3. Relax

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When you have too many things going on in your mind and when you take up stress and tension, imagine how your online class is going to turn out, that’s not going to do you any good. Do a quick meditation before starting your classes, ask your students if they have any doubts in regular intervals and just breathe, it’s all going to fall into place.

If my Mom, who didn’t know the ABC of technology is tutoring through an online teaching platform effectively and efficiently, without a trace of doubt, you can do it too!

4. Pictures, Stories and Visual Aids

Visual aids can go a long way when it comes to online teaching. It will help in breaking the monotony and to bring in more clarity. With the development of technology and the massive increase in animation tools and platforms, you can easily incorporate interactive power points and videos to make your online class extra interactive. You can also include quizzes and other fun sessions in your virtual classroom to make it feel less disconnected.

5. Record Yourself

Have you ever wondered what you sound like to your students? If facing a camera and talking to your students through an online platform makes you tensed, just record yourself and watch it over and over. You are your best judge. Understand what needs alteration and just work on yourself. You can understand your pace, whether you are too fast or too slow, and then adjust accordingly.

A lot of teachers are apprehensive about starting online teaching and worried about disconnected and sophisticated platforms. It is important to understand that there are online teaching platforms that are holistic and easy to use while ensuring privacy and security. It is evident that digital education is here to stay. In a fast-paced world like ours, it is essential to adapt to changes and to rethink old ways. Education and teaching are getting redefined and this is a chance for you to do something great.

Once you choose a good platform, the rest is simple. Teachmint, for instance, is an online teaching platform developed with the aim of democratizing online education. The user experience and simplicity, make it stand out from the rest.  Benjamin Franklin has said that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. As teachers, you have the ability to impart wisdom and to invest in yourself. Do it right.

Happy Teaching!

Let us know in the comment section if you have any other tips for online classes.

2 Comments

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    What a thoroughly researched post. I will share it with my mother who is not used to online classes. How much time did it take your mother to get used to technology?

    1. Anagha Vallikat

      Hi,
      Thank you for your kind remarks. My mother took two weeks to get adjusted to the new normal and she is still learning every day. Hope this helps. Let me know if your Mother found this article interesting.

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