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Posted on October 8, 2020 8:38 pm
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DuBuJy
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Managing Students Virtually
I am an intern in an elementary school classroom with students in person and online. The students in the classroom have no problem participating, but the online students rarely do. No matter how the teacher or I ask a question, the online students will not answer (yes/no, cold-calling, etc.). We are not allowed to require them to turn on their camera or microphone either. The teacher has reached out to the parents about it as well but this has not worked. How do you get the students online to participate in the lessons and activities?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 8, 2020 8:45 pm

yHuvaz
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I am an intern as well and this is an issue I faced at the beginning of the school year as well. We started off the school year by discussing classroom norms and expectations with students. If students stray away from these norms, we revisit them and have another, shorter, discussion on classroom expectations. My Cooperating Teacher and I also started a point system, where we give the virtual students points for participation and those who have earned enough by Friday get to watch a video. The reward system works very well for our 3rd graders, but might not work as well with older students.
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Solution 2
Posted October 8, 2020 8:44 pm

Antonius Hadley
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This seems to be a problem with a lot of virtual classes. I am interning at a middle school (virtually) this semester and the teachers I work with have been starting grade participation points. Sometimes they will ask all the students to type a letter or word in the chat, and if a student does not do that task, they will loose participation points. Since they have started this, the participation has increased. I am not sure how this will work with elementary students, but middle school students usually do not want their grade to go down. It could be worth a shot!
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Solution 3
Posted October 9, 2020 12:07 am

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I would share with students your concerns about their participation, as well as expectations for online learning. I would then share with students and parents that failure to participate and engage in the lessons could effect participation points, as well. Lastly, students might feel uncomfortable participating orally for a number of reasons, so I would also provide multiple means of participation such as discussion boards, chat rooms, Kahoot!, etc.
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Solution 4
Posted October 9, 2020 4:40 pm

byZubu
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This has proved to be a difficult situation this year and more so for middle or high school. I also am in a elementary school internship but my class is thankfully all online and we also require their cameras to be on and if they aren't they get a note or phone call home. I really don't understand why it is not required for every grade to have their cameras on, I mean if we were in person there was never any exception for not going to class or having our hoodie over our heads the entire day. I hope that in the next coming semester or school year this can all be fixed and we can find a better solution.
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Solution 5
Posted October 9, 2020 5:01 pm

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I would propose that you could offer students rewards for participating virtually. If they turn their camera and/or microphone on, they can receive extra points or some sort of reward.
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Solution 6
Posted October 9, 2020 5:42 pm

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This is a huge issue for me too! I have students that just DO NOT want to participate and it's hard for me because I want to make sure they are understanding the issues were working on. I have no idea if they are struggling until I get to their graded work and I want to always make sure my students understand the work before they get to the work so that they are able to succeed. I have decided to set up a point system for participation in both online and in-person students. Points add up to rewards like a homework pass, pop quiz pass, extra credit points for an assignment, quiz, or tests. They can choose to hold onto their points longer for the higher rewards like quiz pass. Participation has gone up dramatically and lots of homework passes have been given out.
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Solution 7
Posted October 12, 2020 12:35 am

aZySud
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I would try and have the students have a more hands on approach. Have many activities where the students are doing something.
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Solution 8
Posted October 9, 2020 6:08 pm

quqyVe
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Applying points or grades for participation seems appropriate. If participation is mentioned within the syllabus, I would lean on that as your traction. Engagement with peers is something that is noted for early grades and it doesn't stop there.
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