In India tuition classes predominate schools and many more teachers and young graduates are joining this profession. The competition is thus getting intensified. Another recently popular mode of teaching is the arrival of online classes like Byju’s, which is now overtaking tuition classes. So, how can becoming a Google Certified Educator (GCE) help tuition classes thrive and not be left behind?
Find out what motivated Srividya Mohan Ma’am from Mumbai, who is a tuition teacher herself, to join the Google Certified Educator Training program at Tech for Educators.
“I used to take tuitions regularly and my students would come home for class. During the lockdown due to Covid-19, my students could no longer come to my place for their class. I had to find a way to continue teaching them but yet maintain protocol during these trying times. That is when I decided I needed to go digital with my teaching and the Google Certified Educator online course from Tech for Educators has equipped me with all the resources to carry out my teaching virtually”
Like Srividya Mohan Ma’am, many tuition teachers are losing students due to various reasons. Here are some ways GCE can boost your confidence.
Gives Tuition Teachers The Edge
Becoming a GCE not only teaches you newer ways to incorporate technology into your teaching but also enables tuition teachers to showcase their creativity. Through this course you will learn several online educational tools that are on par with other online classes. Thus, providing you the edge in the educational market.
Be Your Own Advertiser
With the dawn of the Age of Technology, there is no need for you to pay a lot of money to advertise your coaching classes. Through this course you will learn how to build your own website which you can customise according to your preference! One can add in images, videos, resources, links and much more.
Communicate Effectively With Parents
Another benefit of being a tech savvy tuition teacher is the ability to connect with your students and parents effectively. A tuition teacher spends quality time with their students, this gives them the advantage to really get to know their strengths and weaknesses in each subject. With the help of Google Spreadsheets, Forms for quizzes, Classroom and other Google for education tools the teacher can have an electronic grade book, digital portfolios, learning games, and real-time feedback on the students performance. Thus, the teacher can keep the parents well informed about the students’ progress.
Cannot have a physical classroom to teach? Google Meet and Google Classroom is here to save the day! Teachers all over the globe have now shifted to online teaching using Google Meet, it can accommodate up to 100 participants! The teacher and students can have a real time class virtually. Another noteworthy feature of Meet is the ability to ‘present screen.’ You can make slides and present it to your students during the class. This makes learning easy and engaging for students as they will be able to visualise difficult concepts.
Now you can create an online classroom which is completely secure and easy to use. Through the Google Classroom you can post learning materials such as videos, PDFs, links and much more. You can assign homework and grade the students in the classroom. Depending on the need you can set deadlines for submissions. If at all you find that a particular student is lacking behind in a particular subject, you can provide personal feedback in the classroom itself and assign that student extra practice work.
If you have many batches of students you can create multiple classrooms! Isn’t that amazing?
Make a Timetable
Keeping a track of all your classes can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of students. Organise yourself by making a timetable using the Calendar app. In this course you will learn how to set events and reminders for the same.
Difficult concepts can often make students omit a certain topic. Help your students overcome this challenge by creating a Google Group and make it a Q and A forum. Using this, students can help solve each other’s doubts on a particular topic. This is mutually beneficial for both teacher and student.
In this ever increasing competition how you teach and what tools you use to implement your teaching is what will make you stand out from the other tuition teachers. A fun way of teaching students various subjects is by using Google Earth. For example, to make history fun, you can take your students on a virtual field trip to various historical sites. For science, you can take them virtually to a botanical garden. For Math, you can make them calculate the distance and time taken to travel between two places by showing them the places virtually on Google Earth! Get creative and use this tool in any subject you like.
The strategy of blending online learning instruction is often utilized to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles and to enable them to work before or after school in ways that are not possible with full-time conventional classroom instruction. Online learning has the potential to improve educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning, taking advantage of learning time outside of school hours, reducing the cost of instructional materials, and better utilizing teacher time.
The goal of this is to use educational technologies to support students in becoming active problem solvers, critical thinkers and to provide students with constant feedback on their achievement. But most importantly to make you as their tuition teacher, more competent and tech savvy in the eyes of the parents.
Author: This article is written by Elrica Menezes for Tech for Educators blog. She is a Google Certified Educator and teaches at Jamnabai Narsee International School, Mumbai.