Distance learning is a challenge even in the best of circumstances. It is very hard for the teacher to be able to manage so many things at once when the classroom is on a computer screen.
In a classroom, the teacher is able to understand each student and how to get the most out of the child. They can make sure that they structure the class to help even the most disruptive student. Of course, when the kids are at home, this is much more difficult to do even with the technology we have to run an online classroom effectively.
The problem is that many kids have difficulty focusing and staying attentive to what is happening during class. And an online class offers far too many distractions for them to be able to stay alert.
In this article, I will go over several ways that a teacher or parent can help the student stay focused.
Use what works for you
There is not going to be a one size fits all that is going to work for every student and every educator. Your personality does come into play as do the early childhood education supplies you are being given to teach with.
Remember the things that worked for you and certain students when you were doing in person classes. Whatever rewards that were given to them during that time period may still work in this setting.
And if your personality was easy going then stick with that. For those that have a more rigid and disciplined approach then that should be applied at this time. Giving some students pajama days as a reward is a good idea since they are home anyway. Or, add stickers to a poster board when they do a good job and make sure to show the board at the beginning and end of each day.
Set up goals as well as rules
Make sure to be very clear about how you expect the children to behave during your classes. This is no different than when doing in person classes it’s just harder to manage them when you are not physically present.
Go over these rules frequently even if the kids are behaving correctly on a regular basis. This helps solidify in their mind how they need to behave.
Then, set some goals for them. Review the class behavior for the week and let them know that their good manners during this time was noticed and appreciated.
Give them praise when they behave well.
Make positive examples
When kids are acting up during the screen time, you should make sure to point out how well the other kids are acting. You don’t have to call them out by name when they are not behaving correctly. But, if you do mention how well some specific children are acting then they will take notice and realize that they are not.
Combining this regularly along with rewarding good behavior will help them get back on track. If it doesn’t work then it’s time to have a conversation with the parents.