“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
― Emily Post
As education moves out of the traditional classroom, digital or virtual classrooms come into play. Digital classrooms are considerably different from traditional classrooms in the way they operate and function. We, as adults, may understand its nuances, but young children might need clear, explicit instructions to process the same.
So, that is why, today, we will cover digital classroom guidelines that every child must be aware of.
Here are some tips that will help children be more comfortable in a virtual classroom setting and focus better on their learning:
Be kind. Remember that others cannot see you, so they do not understand whether you are saying something jokingly or for fun. In other words, do not write anything that is mean or hurtful, even as a joke. Do say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ like you would in a regular classroom. Be respectful to your teacher and other students.
Pay attention to what is being said. Ensure that your study room or area is noise free. Avoid surfing the internet during class. Exit all the other applications on your device. It is advisable to keep yourself on mute until you are asked to speak so that others do not get distracted. Do not eat while the class is going on, even if the camera and microphone is off. It is likely to distract you from what is being taught. Do not leave the classroom without informing the teacher.
Speak up and ask questions. You must get your point across and queries answered. Speak up when you have something to say and ask questions to get a more profound understanding of the subject in question. Ask questions clearly. While posting your questions and queries on the discussion board, stick to the topics, and avoid writing in ALL CAPS.
Complete your assignments. School is school, regardless where it is – online or offline. You need to complete your work on time and as per the standards set by your teacher. Take help of your parents whenever necessary to do the homework to the best of your ability. Create a routine that works for you around your school timings. It will make things easier for you.
Check your posture. It is difficult to be in front of the screen for very long hours. Sit straight and ensure that your feet are firmly touching the ground. Take scheduled breaks and stretch out your legs. Engage in mindfulness exercises such as finger breathing.
These guidelines may be simple and straightforward, but they are necessary for a seamless digital classroom experience for all of us. These guidelines allow us to communicate effectively and learn better in an online environment. Be considerate to your fellow students and focus on your learning experiences, and you shall be fine in any classroom – be it digital or physical.
What are some other guidelines that young children need to follow in the digital classroom? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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