6 Mistakes that Teachers Commit When Teaching Online that Make Students Suffer

In the age of rapid technological advancements, it’s not even surprising anymore how even a whole academic year can be accomplished virtually. Online classes have been popular even before the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s just that they have become the utmost necessity for education to be pursued, now that it is unsafe to gather and see each other face-to-face. 

Setting the pandemic aside, let’s focus on online classes, which have been very useful to people all around the globe. Although completely different from traditional schooling, online learning has great advantages to teachers, to students and to students’ parents. Safety indoors, convenience, comfort and less outdoor expenses are just some of them. On the other hand, it cannot be denied that there are challenges, too, and they are bigger than what people who don’t do online classes know!

Definitely, online classes add responsibility on top of teachers’ and students’ shoulders because this is a different and hi-tech education format. Some may think that it’s just the Internet and a PC that you need to teach online and to study online, but it’s not as simple as that. 

Because of the up-to-the-minute learning style, teachers must always be prepared to still give their students top-notch quality education in the best way they can. There’s distance between them and their students, yet they should not let it hinder them from effectively coaching these youngsters. Moreover, teachers should be aware of the struggles that students are facing from online classes. 

Sad to say, there are those who fail to see the ‘struggles’ side, thus making virtual learning really hard for students instead of making it better. And that is because they commit one or more or all of these mistakes that teachers commit when teaching online that make students suffer. Check them out below!

1 – DUE TO HEAVY SCHOOL TASKS, NOT ALLOWING TIME TO DISCONNECT FROM THE SCREEN  

Unlike in the usual classroom setting, online teachers and their students are sitting all day long in front of their computer screens. Well, in school, students sit most of the time, too, but there are a lot of opportunities to move around, such as during group activities, play and games and other motile tasks. In online classes, nope, there’s seriously nothing like that.

Being in front of the screen all the time can be very tiring because aside from eyes hurting, a sedentary lifestyle is also bagged. The mistake that some online teachers commit that does not help this matter is giving out heavy school tasks, which disregard students’ needed time to disconnect from screens. Just like teachers, students need to rest their eyes and hands as well. But if after the online sessions, there are tons of assignments that leave no choice to students but to still face their PCs, it’s unending. Furthermore, they won’t have extra time to relax and do other productive things that don’t require a PC, laptop or cellphone screen.

Teachers should encourage students to allot time for rest and for staying away from the keyboard when it’s break time and when there are no scheduled classes.

2 – SKIPPING TEST RUNS BEFORE USING NEW TOOLS

Technology is terrific but not when you don’t know how to make it work. Since it’s online, experiencing technical difficulties is not a surprise in virtual classes. That’s the twist among the tremendous boons of teaching and learning from home. Every teacher has to be ready for those as well.

A mistake that some mentors in online classes do is skipping test runs before using new tools, like apps and devices. This is risky because what if the software does not work during the online tutoring itself? What if it suddenly crashes in the middle of the lesson? What will the lecturer do if the app is actually incompatible with some students’ devices? Expectations are crushed. Lesson plans are doomed. Classes are delayed. 

Teachers should always try and practice using a digital tool first before the actual online classes. With the help of co-teachers, they must do a run-through to know the how-to’s and to assess the difficulty level of the tools both for teachers and for students.

3 – USING THE SAME TEACHING METHODS AS IN AN ACTUAL CLASSROOM

Although learning is the same goal, traditional schooling and online schooling are dissimilar. A mistake that some teachers commit is forgetting that and applying to online learning the same teaching methods used in actual classes. The virtual sphere is different, and it necessitates different instruments, different media and different experiences. When this reality is set aside, the learning is not adjusted to the demands of the technology-based education setup.

4 – TALKING AND TALKING AND TALKING.

Staying in front of the PC the whole day while listening to a number of subject teachers is not as easy as it seems, especially when the teacher is talking and talking and talking alone. That’s another wrong because aside from letting boredom strike the students, this habit is also making the learning style less effective. Just imagine if every teacher in a single day does that; it’s exhausting.

Asking “Are there questions?” to hear from students is not enough. Teachers should also conduct interactive online activities that will allow students to speak, share and have fun. 

5 – USING LONG RECORDED VIDEOS FOR LECTURES.

Long videos containing all the lectures are taxing for students to watch, especially when more than 1 lecturer does that in one day. Unless it’s an interesting movie or documentary that students will doubtlessly love, it’s fine, but if it’s dragging as the time runs, it does not assure benefit.  

Reality: Students’ attention span varies per person, per day and per interest. Video presentations, even though it’s an online session, should be kept as short and concise as possible. Lengthy does not always equate to efficacy; short does not always equate to inadequacy.

6 – NOT CHECKING ON THEIR STUDENTS FROM THEIR OWN HOMES

Some teachers overlook the value of checking on their students from their own homes. That’s why they cannot fully grasp the hardships that the children are also experiencing because of the virtual situation. The distant setting should not be a reason for them to care less for their pupils. And asking how the students are doing must not be all about academic performances but general health and well-being too.

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ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teachers should always be concerned about their students’ learning progress, regardless of whether they are physically or virtually together. Just because the students are at home does not mean that teachers should think that online classes are already the best of the best. Of course, distance learning displays big challenges as well, and they should be constantly considered by every online teacher. 

Similarly, students of online learning must be sensitive and respectful enough to know that teaching virtually is also not a piece of cake, thus, they must study well and acknowledge the efforts of their teachers. They can also help teachers to avoid online teaching mistakes, such as the ones mentioned above.

Although apart from each other, that’s the way they can help each other gain the rewards of online learning.

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Name: Nicole Ann Pore
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