As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it’s not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.
Now-a-days online coaching or tutoring has become a trend. While many educational institutions are going the virtual route, there are still many institutions who still realize the benefits of maintaining classroom teaching. Research has proved that classroom teaching not only impacts the students but also the teachers.
Teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are being told that technology is the whetstone with which we can all sharpen our education system. Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world.
That may be true, but it’s not the panacea that it’s been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it’s not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.
The following are the Pro’s of Classsroom Teaching that Digital or Online Education will find hard to replace:
PROMOTES COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
Basically, classroom environment is essential to promote and stimulate collaborative learning. Collaborative learning increases a student's self-awareness about how other students learn and enables them to learn more easily and effectively, transforming them into keen learners inside and beyond classroom.
ENHANCES CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
It 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.
IMPROVES SOCIAL SKILLS
Inside a classroom, students 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.
BUILDS ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS
Classroom teaching teaches 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.
KEEPS STUDENTS STIMULATED
The physical presence of a teacher keeps students stimulated through the interactive and interesting activities. This enables students to retain more from what they have learned during a session.
TEACHING STYLE CAN BE MODIFIED ACCORDING TO THE STUDENT'S ISSUES
Teachers can modify their teaching style based on types of learners in their classroom i.e. classroom activities can help visual learner, interactions can help auditory learners, etc. Teachers can get a clear idea whether students are following what has been taught or they require further explanation. At the same time, students can get their doubts clarified immediately before moving ahead in a topic.
DEVELOPS IMPORTANT PERSONALITY AND CAREER BUILDING SKILLS
Classroom teaching inculcates conflict resolving skills, presentation skills when it comes to presenting their ideas confidently in front of peers, develops team spirit and teaches them to get along with those from different cultural backgrounds. Such experiences are valuable in shaping students' communication and listening skills, as well as growing and maturing emotionally.
These points show that though India is moving towards online education in large numbers due to the advent of Digital India and increasing edutech popularity, classroom teaching has certain plus points that online teaching simply cannot replace.