As students, parents and teachers together try to adapt to this sudden shift to e-learning from the traditional classroom setting owing to the COVID19 pandemic, underperforming students might bear the biggest brunt of this transition.
Such children are likely to experience the added pressure of keeping up with a new medium to study, while simultaneously attempting to improve grades. In order to support underperforming children through this phase, it’s up to parents and teachers to provide them with utmost care, concern, compassion and guidance for their progress and overall well-being.
Listed below are scientifically proven approaches that teachers and parents can adopt together to improve the performance of children with low grades in e-classes:
Active participation from parents such as making practice questions, quizzing kids on their curriculum before a test and actively listening when he/she is brainstorming for an assignment can go a long way in boosting a child’s confidence levels. It is scientifically proven that expressing care and showing interest in what kids are learning does not just lend a feeling of security but also provides the reassurance of a strong support system children can fall back on.
For tools. resources and strategies to keep your students engaged during online classes, check out The Educator’s Guide to E-learning2. Give a direction
Eight out of ten times, low grades have a damaging impact on the mental health of a child. Hand holding and giving their day-to-day life a direction can motivate young children and help them operate effectively within the framework elders have set for them. Moreover, children between five to thirteen years of age are likely to stick to a schedule without complaining, if they are aware of the tasks to be completed before recreation or play time 3. Create a positive environment
A positive home environment plays a key role on how a child performs in class. Several studies on child psychology suggest that children who are celebrated or rewarded by parents on their successes or efforts are likely to perform better academically. This gesture doesn’t just bring parents closer to their children, but also helps in times when they would want to critique or
advise them. 4. Give responsibilities
Underperforming students are often found to be low on self-confidence. An effective way for teachers to help build the lost confidence is by giving such children classroom ownership/responsibilities. Examples include teaching a five-minute class on a topic of their choice or making them in-charge of an assignment. These are ways to encourage students to take interest in a class or subject they may be underperforming in. 5. Be a confidant
The biggest sign of unhealthy teaching or parenting is instilling fear or building peer pressure by comparing one child to another. Counsellors we spoke to urged parents and teachers to recognize children for their own abilities. If a child is underperforming during e-learning, the best motivational approach they can take is to be patient and understanding, helping them in every way possible and acknowledging their progress. Fearing wrath of teachers or parents, on the other hand, is only bound to aggravate their anxiety and stress levels further. 6. Supervise closely
Parents are finding it difficult to balance their chaotic work lives with that of their child’s progress academically, especially during this phase of transition to e-learning. While it is important for them to be in tune with how their child is adapting to the digital medium and performing in class, teachers can play a huge role for the benefit of underperforming students. Focused supervision by way of extra classes/tutoring can be an extremely effective way of getting children with low grades the help or focus they need in certain subjects/topics. 7. Seek help
In cases where persistent efforts by both parents and teachers fail to work, it is a must to seek counselling/therapy for the child’s progress. Here are a few resources that could be of help: https://childrenfirstindia.com/https://vatsalya.care/https://www.cure.fit/mind/therapyhttps://www.kidicious.com/
With patience and an empathetic approach, one can help underperforming students deal with their unique set of challenges. The challenges of physical distancing notwithstanding, it is upon all of us to collectively find the right approach to help our future generation chart new paths of learning and growth.
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