Teaching in a traditional schoolroom is vastly different from facilitating a virtual classroom. Teachers and students have a completely new type of experience when it comes to participating in online lessons and learning through e-book modules. However, while some educational institutions are going the virtual route, many school systems realize the benefits to maintaining traditional classroom settings. Such advantages for classroom teaching impact students and teachers alike.
Classroom environments promote and stimulate a dynamic known as collaborative learning. Collaborative learning translates into a type of learning in which the pairing or grouping of students is required to complete a task or to come to a specific outcome. Volume 7 of the Virginia Tech's "Journal of Technology Education" explains that collaborative learning enhances students' critical thinking skills. Teaching in a classroom gives students the opportunity to engage in live discussions in which they are forced to use their critical thinking skills to formulate opinions or arguments.
When students are placed in a live classroom, they experience social interactions with peers and establish rapport with teachers. Helping children develop socially is an important aspect within the realm of their academic education. Classroom teaching environments help students figure out how to resolve conflicts, work in teams, get along with those from different cultural backgrounds and give presentations in front of peers. Such experiences are valuable in shaping students' communication and listening skills, as well as growing and maturing emotionally.
Teaching in a classroom environment opens up opportunities for teachers to do more with their lesson plans. Rather than lecture students and make them take notes, classrooms keep children stimulated through interactive and interesting activities. When students are engaged in their studies, they retain more of the material and really learn the information. Classroom teaching also accommodates different types of learners. For instance, students who are visual learners can excel in a classroom setting where theatrical presentations, story telling or movies contribute to the lessons. Hands-on learners may also do well in a schoolroom.
Traditional classroom settings teach students how to develop organizational skills, beginning with the basics, such as arriving to school on time. In a live classroom, students are held accountable for being prepared to do school work, which includes having done their homework the night before, being ready for pop quizzes, turning in assignments by their due date and being prepared for in-class discussions. In effect, students learn how to organize their time, prioritize their assignments and get their homework done.
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