Hybrid Classroom Discipline and Management
For many administrators, teachers, students, and parents, online learning was (and continues to be) a saving grace throughout the pandemic. It gives children the opportunity to stay on track in their academic journeys and provides an alternative option for instructors to continue doing their job if in-person learning becomes out of reach.
While there have been many positive outcomes of online learning, it hasn’t been a flawless transition. Classroom discipline and overall management, for example, has become further complicated by the pandemic, from remote learning to social distancing requirements in in-person classes and the overall unpredictability posed by quarantine needs.
Parents, instructors, and administrative staff alike are in need of support to better manage the toggle between in-person and remote learning. Here’s some advice you can share to guide them to success:
1. Be consistent
The new school year is here and with it comes a slew of people who are just trying to get used to a new routine, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Establishing a sense of normalcy at the beginning of the semester can set the tone for the next few months. This is essential no matter the type of classroom setting — students can be set up for success when they understand the expectations for in-person and online learning. Teachers need to be informed about rules and boundaries as early as possible and continue to maintain this mindset consistently throughout the school year or semester.
2. Encourage regular parent-teacher conferences
Now, more than ever, parents and teachers are working together as a team to help students complete their coursework, absorb educational information, and present themselves in a well-behaved manner no matter the learning environment. When parents are at home with their children as they navigate online learning, they have a better understanding of problem areas and where there can be potential room for improvement. Teachers should be in direct contact with parents on a regular basis to better cater to these pain points in an effort to improve processes and dismiss poor work ethic and other behavioral issues. Staying connected with families offers a seamless transition between classroom settings and can streamline the process of discipline management.
3. Use virtual tools to your best ability
Today, teachers need all of the technical assistance they can get. As a vendor, they’re counting on you to provide new technology and encourage the use of features that will make shifting from in-person learning to the virtual classroom a simple transition. Providing tools that can also better monitor spread out groups of students can help teachers keep track of student behavior and educational success in remote learning.
Virtual features that can provide reporting to administrators can help these stakeholders and decision-makers get a better understanding of how different learning groups are coping with online vs. in-person learning. With more data at their fingertips, they can make better-informed decisions for the future and design learning road maps that best benefit the student and teacher in the long run.
Navigating classroom discipline management can be tricky on its own. Add virtual learning into the mix and it becomes a bit more complicated than usual. As an edtech company, you have the tools needed to help schools maintain a virtual and in-person learning environment with ease.
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