Today we hear of words like “Google Classroom” or “Google Meet” more often than the mention of real classrooms and meets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this is a situational change of events, one should not forget the importance of actual classrooms and their effectiveness as a place of learning.
Classroom setting is a place that mirrors society. It is bound by rules and has both serious and fun elements with teachers as the guiding light to the students. The amount of exposure and knowledge a classroom setting can provide is unparalleled. It shapes the minds of the future of a country and turns them into responsible citizens and human beings.
With the continual development in science and technology, one has witnessed the rise of online learning. This technological advancement has helped people to learn things at any time without interpersonal interaction but has eliminated human connection and social learning.
Experts at Walkertown Academy argue that classroom learning is better than online learning for a number of reasons.
Here Are Some of The Most Prominent Reasons Why Classroom is Better Than Online:
Promotes Interpersonal Interaction
In a typical classroom setting, the students as well as the teachers bond and bonding lets them express their opinions and needs freely. The face-to-face interactions help students learn how to tackle various situations easily and fit into the society.
Enhances Social Skills
Regular interaction with individuals of the same age helps students develop good communication skills, build friendship and understand social interactions.
Albert Bandura, the psychologist who developed the Social Learning Approach, has often argued that children mostly learn by observing and emulating others. Classrooms, with a variety of individuals from different walks of life, enable students to make sense of all the differences and build a tolerance.
Contributes to Personality Development
With a comprehensive set of activities that include reading,writing, speaking, listening and understanding, a classroom setting shapes the personality of the students which can hardly be seen in online learning platforms. Development of self-concept and self-worth starts from the classroom and cannot happen just by learning something through a screen as it needs real-time experience.
Helps Time Management
Students understand the importance of time and its management as well as basic social etiquettes through classroom learning. A proper schedule helps them have an optimistic and determined approach towards life.
Fun and Engaging
It is a noted fact that the attention span of a young child is very less as their focus gets distracted easily. Online learning is not effective in this case as the student might be distracted by events happening around them and forget to focus on their lessons.
This problem, however, is not found in a classroom setting as the main focus of the teacher is to impart knowledge. All the students are at one place and their aim is to gain knowledge. Classroom learning becomes memorable as the students and teachers interact and engage each other so that the aim of learning is not lost. Games, riddles, activities, a lively surrounding etc keep the interest alive and create a wonderful learning atmosphere.
We at Walkertown, highly endorse classroom learning. To make sure that offline classes are safe and effective during the pandemic, we are providing a clean and hygienic environment, following social distancing measures and ensuring the presence of medical facilities within the school. After all, classrooms are the gateways to the knowledge of the world and turn a child into an individual with wonderful talents and capabilities!