The way that teaching is being delivered has changed over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Education Endowment Foundation has found 5 important things to consider in order to support students during remote learning. This is based on 60 systematic reviews and meta-analyses of schools that have adopted the following approaches.
1) Teaching quality is more important than the way lessons are delivered.
Despite remote learning being non-traditional and intimidatingly new to most pupils, students can still learn through this method of teaching. This is because the quality of teaching takes precedence. For example a pre-recorded video of a teacher explaining a new idea can be just as effective as doing it live over Zoom. This is dependent on the pupils prior learning and how they are being assessed. As long as you are providing clear explanations, feedback, and scaffolding (samples, glossaries etc), you can teach in the form that suits you best. On top of this, introverted learners who need time to digest information may thrive when content is provided without time pressure.
2) Access to technology is important.
Remote learning often requires the use of digital technologies, typically an internet connection and a computer. The lack of access to the internet or a computer is one of the biggest barriers for remote learning and leaves some students disadvantaged. The government have launched a scheme that can help students get access to technology, you can find more information regarding free laptops for pupils here. Some students might not have laptops or computers that can run modern and complicated programmes, so it may be useful to find alternatives to particular products that not all students can access easily.
3) Peer interactions can provide motivation and improve learning outcomes.
During lockdown, face to face interaction is limited so by encouraging peer communication between students you can be helping improve their mental health and also how well they learn. Studies have shown that peer interaction motivates pupils and improves their learning. Teachers can support this by incorporating peer marking, sharing models of good work and live discussions. Many pupils enjoy thought provoking questions, you can ask students to make observations on specific things in the discussion. The conversation can be moved forward by encouraging them to comment on their individual relevant experiences or their own research.
4) Supporting pupils to work independently can improve learning outcomes.
It goes without saying that when students are learning from home they will be working more independently. You can support this by encouraging pupils to reflect on their own work and have them think about their strategies for solving problems.
5) Different approaches to remote learning suit different types of content and pupils.
When you begin remote learning or begin teaching a new topic, you can share your expectations of what you wish to achieve with your class. This enables pupils to understand what is expected of them and how you are all going to work together to achieve the learning goals. There are many different approaches when it comes to remote learning and they all have varied pros and cons. Teachers need to think about what topic they’re teaching and the most effective way of delivering it. For example quizzes help knowledge retention and games are very engaging.
Remote teaching is a new form of delivering lessons and we appreciate all of your hard work and commitment. If you find yourself feeling like you need ideas in how to relax after a hard day of remote teaching, check out our last blog post on how to achieve winter wellness! We hope that you found this blog to be useful in understanding the best ways to support students during remote teaching. If you have any other ideas for how best to support pupils during remote learning let us know!