5 Ways To Manage Behavior In An Online Classroom
Times have changed in education. Albeit slow, we’re beginning to see some transformations on the horizon. Today, students can attend school in a brick and mortar building, online, or in a hybrid environment.
Education can span vast distances to reach areas once considered remote and isolated.
Learning no longer has boundaries, except the ones we impose on ourselves.
However, with this change in the logistics of education, as a teacher, you may also need to change the way you manage your classroom as well as their behavior.
Here’s a great video from my colleague and friend, Gene Hsu.
Hsu is a specialist American and Chinese relations. I’m sure some of these tips can help you.
Below is a list of five basic methods for managing online classroom behavior.
Technology will grow, and students will also grow in knowledge and intelligence.
Some teaching expectations can span across cultures, while others may take an in-depth understanding of the cultural differences.
Once you have a grasp of the culture, establish online classroom behaviors early, and refer to them as often as is necessary.
When teaching online or in person, it’s essential to have patience and compassion in any classroom setting. When you’re dealing with behavior problems, your growing relationship will be the foundation for a stable learning environment. Try and keep things positive, light, and engaging.
Disruptions happen. As an online teacher, you’ll have to solve problems, answer questions, analyze opinions, and have open discussions. Try to keep distractions to a minimum.
If your student is disrupting the class, try to address the issue right away, but don’t embarrass one child in front of the other students. If disruptions continue, ask about the rules of engagement from teacher to student via the company at which you work.
We all must be accountable in life in some way. Older students should be responsible for their schoolwork and well aware of their progress. This strategy provides students with a sense of purpose and helps them focus on getting their work done.
Usually, online classes offer more flexibility for both the student and teacher. Therefore, students may become distracted at home. Be sure your class pays attention to the details. Ask them to repeat anything you feel they didn’t quite understand. Check for understanding so they are aware of their homework and expectations. These strategies can help to prepare for the next session before class is over.
When managing behavior, engaging your class will minimize unsavory behaviors. Entertain your students, laugh, tell a joke, offer exciting but informative knowledge that educates as well as amuses.
We all learn best when we’re having fun in a safe environment.
Managing an online live classroom need not be as intimidating as it might seem. Some (not all) of the same rules that apply to a brick and mortar school can apply to an online school.
Understanding the background, culture, and goals of your students are critical, no matter where or when you teach.
Learning is a process, not a location.