Teaching Kindergarteners is one of the most challenging jobs out there. This challenge gets elevated to a whole new level when you have to teach kids in tiny boxes on the screen without any control over their concentration, actions or movements.
Virtual teaching comes with its own set of constraints, especially if the teacher and students are well accustomed to an in-classroom environment. Kindergarteners need handholding every step of the way and often, as a teacher, you might feel restricted or helpless.
How do you draw their attention to you? How do you ensure they follow you? How do you make them read? How do you develop qualities such as cooperation and teamwork?
The responsibility is huge because kindergarten is the most formative years of an individual’s life where the seeds of intellectual as well as socio-emotional development are laid.
This post aims at addressing the real issues when teaching kindergarteners online and what best practices to follow as a teacher to ensure we attain maximum learning outcomes through online mode of learning and teaching.
So, here we go.
1. Organise a Virtual Parent Teacher Meet
- Sharing tools, techniques and frameworks you would be using
- Setting expectations
- Daily schedule
- Sharing behaviour management guidelines
- Informing the parents about your availability and how to contact you
- Sharing how birthdays and other important days would be celebrated
- Walkthrough of the learning platform and usage guidelines
2. Make Parents Your Partners
3. Involve Household Items to Teach
4. Schedule Timely Breaks
5. Use Same Location/Background
6. Record Your Classes
7. Run Trials with Peers
8. Establish Class Code of Conduct
9. Place Quality above Quantity
10. Schedule Calls to Touch Base
11. Bonus Point - Don’t Expect Perfection!
Don’t aim for perfection, aim for engaged learning.
Here’s wishing all kindergarten teachers for a fantastic year ahead. You have been doing an absolutely brilliant job, a job that’s by no means easy. Kudos to each one of you!!!