Teaching is a full-time job and even a pandemic cannot put a break to it! However, the situation has undoubtedly brought some major changes in the styles of teaching. Just a while ago, we lived in a world where each one of us was used to teaching our students while they were physically in front of us.

It is true that there are all kinds of tutorials and guides available on the net. However, the stress of a change in platform and getting your online teaching right has got to get to you.

We understand that your struggle is real and needs to be addressed. At the same time, we also understand that to teach virtually, you do not have to be a tech expert. You can get a jump start to teaching your students just by following a few simple tips.

Wondering what those tips are? Don’t worry, we got it covered for you!

PLAN YOUR LESSONS BEFOREHAND

As the setup changes, the needs of the students change too. Virtual setups require you to lay out the syllabus and the curriculum before lessons begin. Moreover, try and give specific instructions so as to avoid any miscommunication.

LET YOUR STUDENTS DECIDE

It is the students who have to gain interest in your lessons. Take their feedback and decide how you can change your teaching style accordingly. This is not so different than normal classes – student’s inputs are as valuable as they were in the physical setup.

FOCUS ON YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT

Working from home is not as easy as it sounds. Firstly, create a small workplace and make sure it is strictly for professional work. This environment can help you increase your productivity. Create the workplace according to your own choices and needs, make it inviting.

KEEP YOUR VIDEO ON

When the students see you, they automatically make it a point to stay active and focus. Whether the students are showing their faces or not, it is essential for you to keep your video on – this will help students to read your facial expressions and understand you better.

MAKE IT EXPERIENTIAL

Sitting at home, with just your laptop and no one to interact with can make lessons very boring for the students. Make sure that you put in some videos, hands-on activities, or even go out of the way to arrange for external expert speakers. This can also be a great way for you to monitor if the students are concentrating and in sync with what is happening in the class.

SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR FELLOW TEACHER FRIENDS

All of us are experimenting and trying to get the hang of the new changes. It might be a good idea to take some time out to interact with other teachers and gain insights on how they carry out their lessons. You never know, their unique ways may give you an idea of your own!

MOTIVATE YOUR STUDENTS

This is a must to make the most of your classes. While some students may be self-motivated, others may need a constant push. Give them incentives like extra points for early submissions and class participation. Since this set up is new to them too, be flexible with deadlines.

BE OPEN TO MISHAPS

There is no rule book for teachers to take classes online. Sometimes it is alright to create a blunder or for things to not work out the way you expected them to. Not only be open to mishaps, but to feedback and suggestions as well. What is important is that you realize and make improvements for the future. After all, you are only just human!

At the end of the day, teaching online does take some adjustments until the time you have completely transitioned to the digital ways of teaching. It may not be possible to fill the massive change that lack of face to face learning has caused, but the least we can do is work with what we have!

There is no rule book for teachers to take classes online. Sometimes it is alright to create a blunder or for things to not work out the way you expected them to. Not only be open to mishaps, but to feedback and suggestions as well. What is important is that you realize and make improvements for the future. After all, you are only just human!

Finally, what actually matters is how comfortable you yourself are with teaching on online platforms. We would love to hear about your personal experience or any other tips that you might have for other teachers! Let us help each other out, write to us at anoushka.chopra@winuall.in

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