Keeping engagement levels intact after months to virtual classrooms

It’s 8 am. Wake up Kriti, Shreya, Kriti’s mother looks enraged, her daughter’s class starts at 8.30 and Kriti is still not up. On watching her mother’s voice getting louder and louder, Kriti feels it’s better to just flip open her laptop and pretend to be attending her online class.

Doesn’t this sound very familiar?

After schools made the live classroom a part and parcel of their lives, the list of teachers’ creative ideas for the lesson plans also got exhausted with the passing of 4 months. The students worldwide lost interest in live classrooms and started feeling lifeless inside the 4 walls of their homes, without a fun-environment like that of pre-COVID school life.

For a teacher, this is much disheartening as they constantly juggle for the perfect idea, perfect timing, and perfect implementation to keep their students engaged.

Well, there is good news for all teachers out there.

We have accumulated some good ideas to refresh your approach, in case you just need a little extra inspiration.

Solicit feedback

Dear Teacher, we can never doubt your efforts. Of course, you have been pushing yourself off-limits to give your best and to come up with innovative ideas.

But, do you know all your creative ideas might not be having the same effect on your students’ performance?

So, why not ask your students so that you know better what has worked so far and what has not?

This way you’ll have better clarity on what kind of assignments they want, which approach they recommend changing, plus the topics that they found tough to comprehend.

And by the end of your feedback sessions, you’ll have tailored-made solutions for your students and some bonus ideas too, that too from your students that can keep them engaged.

The new teaching avatar, and a new you

Do you remember, to bring back your student’s attention to the classroom in pre-COVID days, you used to ask a random student to read a para or to participate in group discussions.

Well, that’s quite a challenging task in the virtual classrooms, so why not devise a new approach. As silence does not translate well in any teaching environment, it’s better to encourage the use of drawing tools and dialogue boxes. Even for that matter, a quick quiz can also be fruitful where you ask a random student to answer something and evaluate accordingly.

A piece of advice!

Plan your lessons in such a way that your students need to speak up or show their participation after every 3 minutes of your delivery.

A switch of roles

Don’t you think most of us want to be a part of the process of learning rather than being a passive bystander.

If you constantly bombard a person with too much information, the attention span is likely to get diverted. It’s better sometimes to invite your students to deliver lectures on the topic they want to, the way they like.

You will be surprised to see the excitement with which they deliver a lesson plan. From YouTube videos to science experiments, your students will certainly bring some excellent ideas to the table that will be fun to learn.

With this, you are not only opening the doors for creativity but you are also fostering a learning environment for your students where they self-discover about themselves and learn to multitask.

Also, it’s quite a fact that the fastest way of learning theories is by explaining it.

So, fasten up your belts to start conducting some fun role-based tasks with your students.

Collaborative progress

As your students have been lately feeling isolated, it’s time to gear them up by assigning some group tasks to them. Such tasks can help them unleash their creative side, share unique perspectives, get heard, and create relationships altogether until they get a comfortable fun-school environment away from their school.

It would be best if you could pair up your students in such a way that they bring diverse viewpoints to the table. For example, you can group a musical personality with the class topper. This way both of them would get to learn new things in a challenging but agreeable way. This little experiment of yours would not only bring your students out of their comfort zones but would also make them exposed and open to new ideologies.

You’ll be surprised by the ingenuity in their approaches. For example, if one of your paired student speaks about a monument, the other might talk about changing mythology over time.

Wrapping Up

Your golden rule

Communicate, communicate, communicate

Once you know your student’s viewpoints, you would never let your students get faded in the backgrounds, instead would ensure that their voices are heard and knowledge increased.