Today online teaching platforms are growing rapidly all across the globe. Especially in the present pandemic times, educators and learners are connected digitally to impart and receive a quality education respectively. As we know for effective school management, teaching, and learning, discipline has always played an important role, similarly to teaching and making students learn better digitally too, discipline in the classroom is very important.
Many students are adapting well to the online classes, but many are becoming troublesome for the teachers too. Some behavioral issues, difficulty in understanding classes, and a few other reasons can make students cause disciplinary problems in online classes. Let us discuss these reasons and some tips which teachers can follow to maintain discipline and effective learning in their online classes.
Reasons causing trouble in maintaining discipline in online classes
- Students being less concentrated
- Studying from a distractive space.
- Taking online classes lightly
- Finding the teaching practices monotonous or boring
- Back to back academic sessions
- Wrong behavior habits
- Not joining the online classes timely.
- Not responding or giving a late response.
Ensure discipline in online classes: tips for teachers
1. Make students consider online classes equally important
In the present pandemic times, all students are learning online only. There has been a drift from traditional classrooms to online ones. Though many students are giving their best here, some don’t consider and take online classes that seriously which affects their disciplinary qualities in them. All teachers must first make students understand that taking online classes is equal and as important as traditional ones. This will help teachers to make students attentive, punctual, and more actively involved in the online class.
2. Set rules for the classes
To make students disciplined in online classes, setting rules and regulations will surely help. When students will know what is expected from them, they will tend to behave and act that way only. All teachers must set disciplinary rules for their online classes and must instruct the students on the first day itself.
Set rules such as the joining time, attendance criteria, keeping the camera on when asked, responding timely, not abusing, not typing anything wrong in the chatbox, etc. All this will ensure the right behavior and discipline in online classes.
3. Stay in touch with parents
Behavioral issues such as anger, frustration, irritation, and wrong lifestyle habits such as sleeping late, excessively using social media can make students distracted from learning and more disciplined in classes. And to make students overcome this phase, teachers must stay in touch with parents.
Ask parents to ensure that students are not learning and listening to any kind of vocal and physical abuse. So that they talk, and respect teachers and their batchmates properly. If students are behaving wrongly, tell their parents so that they also guide students in this regard.
4. Ensure to keep teaching interesting
When the teaching practices are less engaging and interesting for the students, they lose their focus and tend to become more mischievous and less attentive towards learning. To ensure discipline in your online classes, teachers must avoid monotonous teaching practices.
Don’t teach only from textbooks and guides. Teachers by accessing several online teaching sites can teach students with the help of audiovisual aids such as PowerPoint presentations, educational videos, visual notes, charts, animations, and modules. This will make students interested in learning and less in mischievous activities.
5. Model the right behavior
Students adapt to what they see their elders doing. And hence to make students disciplined for the online classes, teachers portraying and modeling the same is important. For example, teachers should teach from a proper distracted-free environment to stay focused in teaching.
This will make students learn the same. They will also learn from calm and silent places for their online classes. Also, respect your students, listen to them well to make students behave the same way. Respecting, active listening, responding to all these skills will improve students behavior making them more disciplined for the classes.
Discipline has always played a very important role in maintaining effective teaching and learning in the classroom. Today, online teaching has spread rapidly, and in the current pandemic times, it is the most practiced form of education exchange. But ensuring discipline here can be a little challenging for the teachers. By following all the above-mentioned tips and techniques, teachers can make online classes well-disciplined and effective too.