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22.09.2021 • 4 minutes
For many people, university is the best time of their lives. However, if we ask the new generations today, their answer is likely to be different.
The faculty, the lectures in large lecture halls, the fun talks in the cafeteria afterwards... The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a break in one of the greatest attractions of the university experience: face-to-face classes.
Fortunately, with the advent of vaccines, new measures and the integration of flexible teaching models for teachers and students, everything is about to change for the Quaranteens. The return to the classroom in 2021 is finally a reality.
To be ready for this new beginning, in this article we will unveil the main challenges for teachers in dealing with students who have never seen campus in real life, and give the keys to make their transition to face-to-face teaching as smooth as possible.
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In a period that would normally have been filled with celebrations, the class of 2020 felt a mixture of emotions: trapped, disoriented, lost or even relieved.
Therefore, normalising and validating all the emotions, both positive and negative, that students may have about returning to class is a priority and discussing their concerns about this new situation is almost an obligation. This open dialogue is the first step in finding the right tools to solve their problems in a logical and creative way, improving the performance of the class and making it more human.
Example Wooclap: open question to break the ice and encourage students to anonymously share their feelings.
Before students connect with the content of the lesson, it is important that they connect with the person telling them about it. Now more than ever, the "face-to-face" without screens in between is a powerful medium to strengthen the teacher-student bond and to allow for a closer and more immediate interaction (but always keeping a safe distance, of course!).
In this way, by establishing a closer relationship with the students, getting to know them and allowing them to get to know you, the teacher will be better prepared to apply the content of the class to their lives and make the teaching-learning process much more enjoyable and fun. Because, as the poet Alfred Mercier said: "What we learn with joy is never forgotten".
Wooclap example: the teacher uses the popular figure of the youtuber to talk about the media revolution and capture the attention of the audience.
After so much time, students may be worried about how they will interact with their teachers, and this uncertainty often makes them hesitant to speak in class. This self-censorship, coupled with the effort of returning to face-to-face life, is an obstacle to collective learning and the exchange of ideas.
To combat this, the teacher must create a safe and accessible classroom climate in which students know it is OK to speak up and make participation a requirement from the outset. Here are some ways to achieve this:
Capturing students' attention is one of the biggest challenges for almost every teacher in the world. But with effort and the right strategies, you can do it!
Considering that students will have to concentrate more in a less comfortable environment, getting them used to varied and dynamic classroom activities is the best solution. Therefore, long lessons based on passive listening in the classroom should be avoided. Instead, and by putting the previous sections into practice, here are some ways to break up lessons by changing the topic or mode of teaching:
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we are able to adapt to whatever comes our way, no matter how fast or disorienting the process may be. So, whether remote or face-to-face, the connection between teacher and student will always find a way to be there to ensure proper learning and meet the needs of their students.
With the help of tools like Wooclap and the use of more dynamic and student-centred methodologies, it is already possible to arouse the curiosity of students to participate and adapt to the classes, so the way of teaching does not necessarily change, but the way of approaching students does. And in the best way.
Content Marketing Lead @Wooclap. As a student of language with a passion for education and a thirst for knowledge, I am currently learning to parlare italiano.
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