Virtual-classroom etiquette refers to the manner in which your children should behave when an online class is in session.
However mature you think your kids are, it is always advisable to keep a check on them while they are online. Also, once they understand the below points, make sure you ask them the following questions after class, or at the end of the day.
How was class today? Did you have any issues with connecting? Do you have any project or homework that requires help? What are the annoying things you experienced during class?
Besides feeling connected to you, you will also be aware of what’s going on in your child’s school life. This new method of learning is quite new for them too. So, a little attention from your side could help them get used to it with ease. Initially, your kids would have to be reminded every now and then but soon they will follow the below guidelines naturally.
Just because they are at home doesn’t mean they can attend their classes shabbily. Ask your child to freshen up and get ready, as they normally would, before leaving the house. Mostly, teachers or instructors prefer to view their students in order to teach them. Make sure your kids are aware that they are NOT to attend classes in pyjamas or with uncombed hair. Being presentable is a basic example of possessing good etiquette.
BE PUNCTUAL AND READY FOR CLASS
Logging in late or leaving early is disrespecting the timings given just like in school. It is advisable to log into the meeting 5 minutes prior to the time given, just in case of technical glitches. Your kids cannot call you in the middle of school to bring them anything. Likewise, they shouldn’t during an online class either. Make sure they keep all project materials ready, especially pen/pencils, a writing pad/book, ruler, sharpener and an eraser before their online classes begin.
SIT IN A QUIET AND WELL LIT SPACE
I have seen kids sitting on the bed or relaxing on the sofa while attending their classes. This posture tends to make them lethargic and uninterested in the topic at hand. Therefore, it is important to make sure your kids have a place that is well lit and quiet. A regular study space with a study table and chair is an apt setting for them. Also, it would be helpful if you informed everyone at home to avoid loud noises, which could disrupt your child’s focus on the lessons taught.
FOLLOW THE RULES
Make sure you attend their first class so that you are also aware of the rules given. Mostly, the rules would be to raise hand if you want to speak, no chatting, no interrupting the teacher while she is speaking, no fun backgrounds, ask permission to leave your chair and avoid constant shifting. Teach your child how to use the MUTE BUTTON and when and how to unmute themselves. Even though your kids may not be forbidden from several other things, you can always advise them to avoid non-class activities, like eating, drinking, sibling/pet introductions or house tours for their friends, during class.
CONSIDER ONLINE RESTRICTIONS
As the virtual-classroom concept is new for many, try and understand that the teacher will not be able to give attention to each and every child, every single day, especially if the strength of the class exceeds 20 heads. Talk to your kids and explain to them why they should be attentive and disciplined and, also, ask them to write down their questions so that they can clear their doubts when the time is given for the same. I’m sure the teacher will be happy to answer them all.
How are you doing with the online classroom system? Is it working out for you or is your child complaining about some issues they have? Do check with them and you may realize that some of them may be quite confused and unable to handle the same. You will have to spend time around them for a few classes until they are comfortably independent to handle it on their own. After all, we have to make sure they enjoy their classes online, at least for the moment.