Ways To Help Your Active Child Focus During Online Learning
If you ask some students what their experience has been with virtual classrooms, or whether they feel engaged while learning online, chances are you will hear issues that students face on concentrating in online classes. Parents have difficulty helping their children stay engaged during online classes. The struggle is real.
This is completely normal, as a child should be active. Young children especially, are full of energy and eager to absorb new things. These are ingredients that make an effective learning experience if properly managed. When these classes are moved online as part of the home-based learning arrangement, the children are still expected to be quiet and orderly. It is only normal that they may feel restless in these types of learning situations.
So, what can help your active child focus during online learning?
Lessons should not be too long or too short
Finding the sweet spot between learning and attention spans is crucial. During online lessons, your child is bound to fidget if the lesson is too long. Each of our lessons is capped at a maximum of 55 minutes. This is shorter than the 2-hour duration common in traditional classrooms and just slightly longer than the back-to-back 45-minute classes at school.
Our pre-school foundation program (for learners aged 4 to 7) is capped at 25 minutes per lesson. This is to cater to the shorter attention span of our younger learners. Our learners experience a variation of activity even within the same lesson.
This means that instead of focusing on their screens for the entire duration of the lesson, our learners get the chance to dance, sing, stand up, role-play etc. Essentially, we incorporate movement into our lessons to offer learners opportunities to engage in learning while participating in activity and movement that doesn’t require them to remain fixated on their screens.
We aim for sweet spots that lead to high learning efficiency when determining the lesson duration. It is not too long so that there are no wasted minutes where students are disengaged and drained, and it is also not too short so that the knowledge could be imparted to the maximum of the learners’ attention span.
Individual attention helps learners stay focused
Our classes are 1-to-1 and this allows for the flexibility in the teaching method based on the learning style. Our teachers are trained to identify and cater to a learner’s needs. For instance, if your child thrives on interactive learning, our teacher can use that to their advantage by raising questions throughout the lesson for them to answer. Instead of sitting silently throughout a two-hour lecture, your child now has the chance to actively engage with what he or she learns.
Young learners are full of curiosity and are eager to absorb new knowledge. A disengaged learner is not necessarily one who does not want to learn. Many times, it is because their learning environment falls short in meeting their learning needs.
Tapping into the magic of multimedia
Our in-house learning platform is equipped to engage our young learners’ visual, auditory, and reading/writing learning styles. This is to allow them to engage with the lessons in more than one way. Different media boosts absorption and increased retention.
Integrate new teaching methods and update course materials: Create relevant, engaging lessons
Our course materials are laser-focused on addressing our learners’ needs. We do not merely go through the technical knowledge and expect them to write in Chinese and speak in Mandarin well.
For instance, in our writing lessons, we first identify whether our learners do not know what to write, or do not know how to write. We find many students are just unsure of what to write. Lessons include discussion of visuals, recognition and writing of words, and article reading. These are to equip them to circumvent the barrier of not knowing what to write.
Each lesson has undergone painstaking research and testing before it reaches our learner. More precisely, each lesson takes over 100 hours from curriculum creation to the actual courseware and followed by 30 hours of mock teaching and teacher training. Plus, all teaching materials need to pass through quality control (QC) rounds at our research centers based in Beijing (specialists from Peking University, Tsinghua University and more) and Singapore (specialists from NUS, NTU, NYU and more). Even after being launched, our course materials are constantly assessed and updated to integrate the latest teaching methods and research findings.
The real solution to helping your active child focus during online learning classes, is in designing and adapting the learning program according to the learners’ need for engagement.
It is precisely with engagement in mind that we created our online learning programs (class size, platform, course materials and lesson duration). Our learning programs allow children to learn at their own pace and at their proficiency level, and have focused teacher attention for them to seek clarity in real-time.
At LingoAce, we don’t force a dry Chinese language curriculum on learners. Instead, we work around the natural behavior of children to help them attain knowledge in Chinese language. Knowing that children are eager to learn new things and explore the world around them, the question is how well we as educators turn their learning styles to their advantage.
If you’re interested in trying out a LingoAce lesson for your active child, you can sign up for a free Chinese language trial lesson here.