The past two years have redefined all the traditional norms of learning. With online classes, children being fatigued from being glued to their laptops for a better part of the day is quite common. This adds to the feeling of missing out on the fun they had with their classmates. To combat this, teachers can use social-emotional learning approaches to make online classes fun and reintroduce a sense of community among their students by encouraging them to turn on their cameras and practice the following:
Practice role-playing: Role-playing in literature classes is a great way to boost energy. The students can be assigned parts and play the same while you are reading the play or the lesson.
Use storytimes: Encourage the students to take a break by reserving the end of the classes for storytimes. A fun story with a moral at the end can brighten up the day of your younger students. Ask the students to turn on their cameras and tell a story at the end of every class. This also helps to build their confidence over time and improves their public speaking skills.
Creative presentations: Presentations on topics other than schoolwork will encourage the students to interact with each other. They can also present group projects working together to bring a sense of belonging back to the classroom.
Apart from this, you can also allow students to interact with each other about everyday activities, teach them to map each other’s progress and introduce cooperative learning strategies. This helps students become confident in online classes and take part by turning on their cameras rather than being passive participants.
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