It might be too much to ask students and teachers to act as if the demands of virtual schooling are the same as those of in-person learning. Many virtual schooling measures were implemented quickly, and they shift responsibility to both students and teachers when it comes to making necessary adjustments. That can be a tall order.
By that same token, however, this unprecedented time also brings new opportunities for making and reaching educational goals.
While the course material might not necessarily change between physical classrooms and virtual settings, the lesson plans to create strategies and maintain engagement will be very different. When done well, students feel their goals are achievable, and that’s a win for students and teachers alike.
Setting reasonable goals for educational progress offers other benefits too, such as the following.
- Try out a couple of new technologies to see what works for students. The vastness of resources can be overwhelming, but new developments in technology can help meet student needs.
- When students fall short of their goals, it can require additional time and attention that teachers may not have. Alternatively, helping to establish feasible goals keeps everyone on track for success.
- Setting achievable goals can help build trust with students, as they feel that their needs are being heard and addressed.
How teachers can help students:
- Encourage them to only commit to classes and extracurricular activities that they have time for, so they’re more likely to succeed.
- Provide a platform to express any doubts or concerns to help them achieve their goals with less stress.
- Set out on an achievable plan toward educational goals that can help make their path to graduation smoother.