Under the circumstances that we are experiencing today, we have had to create a new teaching-learning space, this being virtual classes. While they have demonstrated flexibility in adapting to these circumstances, we know that this hasn’t been easy. That is why we seek to provide you with some tips to make this more bearable.

The context

We are experiencing a new situation and this brings a challenge for the entire educational community. We must take into account that, as it is the first time that classes are held virtually, they can be more difficult for students. If by themselves in the first days of class they are in a process of adaptation to the new grade, imagine doing it without having a teacher next to guide you. Therefore, it is important to convey confidence and enthusiasm for what is being done, seeing it as an opportunity to continue learning rather than a difficulty.

Motivation to learn

At home, the number of distractors may be greater than those exposed during classes. To do this, we recommend providing the material to be taught as clearly as possible and seeking to catch children with something that may be of interest to them, taking into account their age.

You can lean on images making it more visually appealing and include different games and physical exercises to get their attention. All this will awaken in them a greater interest in the class they are doing, making them more likely to stay focused and have a positive vision towards the following classes.

Organizing the classes

Set the course objectives and expectations you have for the classes and communicate them to your students, but keep in mind that, as we are just adapting to this new system, we must be flexible.     

Manage your time

Not having the usual class schedule structure to organize your day, it is essential to manage your time appropriately to prepare the material to be provided and establish a routine with established schedules for it.      

Workspace

It is important to have adequate space to work. To do this, take into account the following:

  • Find a place with good lighting and ventilation (a cool environment It will keep  you alert and awake.) Also, make sure that it is free of noise (TV, radio, your family talking, etc.) or things that distract you.
  • Find a good desk or table and a comfortable chair that fits your height.
  • Make sure you have all the materials you need on hand.
  • Keep things organized with only what you need right now in front of you.  

Talking to the camera

Unlike face-to-face classes, we no longer have a classroom where we see students, but they are in different places. Therefore, to transmit greater closeness, since you can not look at them, imagine that where the camera is they are and this will allow you to speak more naturally in the videos.             

References:

Asinsten, J. C. (2007). Producción de contenidos para Educación Virtual. Biblioteca digital Virtual Educa. Recuperado de http://reposital. cuaed. unam. mx, 8080.

Zúñiga, Fernando. (2014). Gestión de la carrera. América Economía.

Hanna, D. E., Glowacki-Dudka, M., & Conceicao-Runlee, S. (2000). 147 practical tips for teaching online groups. Madison: Atwood Publishing.