By Sudhanshu Sinhal, Managing Director, Sinhal Classes Pvt. Ltd
Nowadays online coaching/tutoring has become a trend. While many educational institutions are going the virtual route, there are few institutions who still realize the benefits of maintaining classroom teaching. Research has proved that classroom teaching not only impacts the students but the teachers.
Benefits of Online learning
Online or E-learning has its own set of benefits. There are many benefits of Online learning like – Flexibility, Plenty of Choice, Cost benefits, Comfortable environment to study, advancing your career even while you are working, gaining skills that are transferrable, avoid commuting and learning at your own house. Additionally, it also helps you to develop self-discipline and make you join study groups from different places to understand perspectives.
Emergence of EdTech
With the evolving of EdTech space, new apps are coming up for learning on the go. This will be highly beneficial for students as it explains the concept anytime and at any hour of the day. While you are opting for E-learning you have options to study at your own time without having to visit a classroom where the time slots for lectures are fixed. Both options of studying are beneficial, however, you can choose as per your leisure.
While you are studying online, all the documentation is saved in the drive and hence the students can only focus on learning. They do not have to compile notes or write notes.
Online teaching increases the engagement between student and the teacher, resulting in personalised attention to the student. Here in case the student is shy then he could opening communicate his query to the teacher and doesn’t have to worry whether the query is an important one or not.
Increases networking opportunity
Online learning provides networking opportunity with students from different countries and cities as well. They could learn, discuss and solve their problem mutually. This process increases the scope of knowledge and also helps students to show case their work globally.
What are those factors that make classroom teaching so productive?
Basically, classroom environment is important to encourage and motivate collaborative learning. Collaborative learning increases student’s self-awareness about how students learn &enables them to learn more easily and effectively, transforming them into keen learners inside and beyond classroom.
It enhances students’ critical thinking skills. Classroom studying provides an opportunity to students to engage in live discussions where they can better utilise their critical thinking skills to voice opinions or involve in an argument.
Rapport with teachers & make friends
When students are in a classroom, they learn social interactions with peers; make friends as also establish rapport with teachers. It is vital for children to develop socially along with their academic education.
Conflict resolving & Team spirit
Classroom teaching inculcates conflict resolving skills, presentation skills when it comes to presenting their ideas confidently in front of peers, develops team spirit and teaches them to get along with those from different cultural backgrounds.These kind of experiences benefit in moulding students’ communication and listening skills and it helps them in growing and maturing emotionally.
Importance of a teacher
Presence of a teacher physically in a classroom keeps the students attentive and inspired throughout the lecture; additionally also initiates participation in interesting activities. This enables students to retain more from what they have learnt during a session. Here, then teachers also modify their teaching style based on types of learners in their classroom i.e. classroom activities can help visual learner; interactions can help auditory learners, amongst others. Through this teachers can get an idea whether the students are following what has been taught or they require further explanation. Furthermore, students can also clarify their doubts immediately after the chapter is over or a topic is over.
Development of Skills
Classroom teaching teaches students how to develop organizational skills, beginning with the basics, such as arriving to school on time. In a live classroom, students are held accountable for being prepared to do school work, which includes doing their homework the night before, being ready for an sort of quiz or competition, submitting assignments in time or before their due date and prepare for classroom discussion or any group discussion. All these help students in organizing themselves and their time, prioritise their homework, assignments and playtime.