The Coronavirus pandemic had affected everyone in some way. Students and teachers have had it especially hard.
Managing students is never easy, so trying to do that from a distance can be quite the challenge, especially if you’re not as technologically advanced as they might be.
Students often rely on their teachers for a lot of assistance during the school year, and they might be struggling with trying to get through their workload alone. While you might not see your students every day, you can still support them in various ways and make it as pleasant an experience as possible for you and them.
Use a learning management system (LMS)
A learning management system can only be accessed by certain people, so you can use it to interact with a certain class or grade. It has always been a popular choice among distance learning providers, and it has skyrocketed due to the need for more internet-based learning options in 2020. By utilizing an LMS, you’ll be able to assign work to students as well as receive and grade completed assignments. If you’re new to this, you can use a company that offers LMS consulting.
Use video platforms
It’s no secret that video platforms have been more used this year than previous years. The reason for this is that it’s the closest you can come to creating a similar atmosphere to a classroom. You’ll be able to see and hear your students in real time, and vice versa. This may take some adjusting from everyone’s side, since a lot of people feel self-conscious in front of a camera and the chances are that someone will experience some form of technical difficulty nearly every single day. However, teaching on Zoomseems to work for a lot of teachers and students, so it may be worth a shot.
Be understanding and supportive
It’s not going to be an easy experience for anyone, and you’ll need to know that there will be more struggles to deal with than usual. Students might be struggling with the emotional impact of their current situation, or they may take longer than usual to grasp the work. There might also be issues on your side, such as a bad Wi-fi connection. Be lenient, but firm when needed. Make sure all of your decisions and reactions are reasonable.
Your students will probably be feeling even more overwhelmed than you are, so they’ll need the comfort of knowing what is expected of them and when. Make sure to give them plenty of time to prepare for tests and assignments, and let them know how the pandemic will be affecting the way things are done, so that both parties are clear on any changes that need to be made.
Social media is your friend
While social media is usually frowned upon in a school setting, right now it might be what’s best for your students. Social media can be used to form groups where students can communicate about schoolwork with you directly or with their friends. There are even social networks that focus on education.