Teaching remotely is not an easy task. Firstly, there is no tried and tested model where educators can follow a particular agenda that works best in a ‘virtual set-up’. Since the golden rules are not prepared, many teachers resort to experimentation. However, Mathspace has laid down ‘five’ simple steps that can be followed to kick-start the Math learning journey online. Most schools across the world, especially IB boards in developed countries like Dubai in the Middle East use Mathspace as a digital Mathematics classroom, and pre-plan lessons by referencing the following points;
Pre-plan the Schedule in a structured manner
Usually when a child attends physical school the timetable is pre-decided and handed over to the students & their parents so that there is no ambiguity on what next to expect and learners can be more prepared to sit through the sessions. This practice should ideally continue even when lectures are moved to remote or digital platforms. Share a schedule or timetable for every month in advance, with every little detail covered. Students must be aware of when to complete their homework, what question to ask the teacher, which Math topic is being covered, and when they need to be prepared for the internal evaluation exam.
Inculcate Proper Online Etiquette
Just like there are rules in a physical school setup such as; no eating or talking during class hours, the same needs to be re-iterated if you want to continue conducting Math lessons in a disciplined and organized manner online. Students should not interrupt the session and wait for their turn to ask questions, at the end of the class. Also, Math homework needs to be completed on time & each student must commit to completing the coursework as allocated by the teacher.
Encourage self-learning & Exploration
The advantage of online learning is that students have access to a robust ‘Learning Management System’ which has a library of reference materials & explanatory videos that can be referred by them anytime & from anywhere. Encourage students to go beyond what is taught in class and delve deeper into the Math topic. For example, if the lesson taught in class is on fractions, ask children to learn more about it themselves and solve practice sums.
Monitor Progress & Give Frequent Feedback
Appearing for exams and attempting homework online has its own advantages. In real-time, educators are exposed to data such as; how much time did the student spend on the assignment, what section of the paper was he stuck at, and if the student struggling with basic Math concepts. Mathspace is an integrated platform that captures all the data in its ‘activity log’ and makes it available to the subject teacher. This helps the teacher give timely feedback, hold sessions with students & their parents individually, and even clarify doubts & queries that the learners might have.
Conduct Virtual Presentations
Though physically conducting project work is not possible in a virtual classroom space, there are ways to set up an online ‘project space’ on zoom or google hangout by creating special break-out rooms where students are divided into groups and can work together on ideation & presentations, before showcasing it to the class. This ensures that students continue to get the opportunity to enhance their communication skills, creativity, and critical thinking abilities.
Mathspace developed its platform a ‘decade ago’ with an aim to integrate technology into gaining Math skills. Students are benefitted from one-to-one support which helps them develop a growth mindset and other core capabilities. Mathspace has a mission to help students excel at Math with the right help at the right time. If you reside in GCC or are a part of UAE, availing Mathspace is just a click away: <link>