We have all had to make adjustments to how we are used to doing things. Online learning has become the norm for many in 2020 and now we continue to enhance our experiences with virtual classrooms. It is notable that many have taken online lessons well and have actually thrived. This is due to many factors. The ones that come to mind is that students learn better in a safe environment and home would be considered for most, their safe space. Additionally, the shy ones who tend not to stand out in a classroom can now participate quite securely from behind their computer screens – boosting their confidence and increasing their participation in class activities.
On the flipside, the students who thrive on participation during class, the ones who need the interaction with classmates – these students struggle to communicate through a screen. They miss a sense of community in the online environment and do not fully enjoy this process of learning, thus their level of engagement with their lessons is lukewarm at best.
It therefore falls squarely on the shoulders of educators and parents to provide the necessary stimulants to find an optimal pedagogy to ensure they, our children, are given the best possible learning experience, under these unprecedented times. A new norm requires new thinking; a paradigm shift in mindsets.