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This photo was taken at our team bowling event at the beginning of February. At that time, no one could have fathomed that a night out with our team would not take place for a long time.
Now, after almost half a year of online lessons, our intensive courses are finally back at Transmitter! In accordance with the current safety and hygiene precautions, we measured our classrooms from chair to chair, bought loads of disinfectant and are happy to go back to our daily routine: chatting with our colleagues, students and friends in person again.
We are not the only ones, though, who are excited about welcoming our students back to our place: our teachers could hardly wait to reclaim the classrooms and to introduce you to the German language with full physical effort.
We asked our teachers Freya, Nicolas and Nina to share their experiences with us, comparing teaching online vs. teaching in classrooms. After a first moment of feeling shocked and overwhelmed by the prompt shift to online classes in March, they quickly figured out how to use the advantages of online teaching. But quintessentially, these three especially missed the interaction with our colleagues and students, which goes beyond emailing and breakout sessions!
Freya: Conclusion for me: Online teaching is not so different from classroom teaching.
It is really great that you can easily show a video clip, photo, graph or something on maps. (In the classroom, I quickly turn into an idiot when it comes to technology).
Through our online lessons, I really got into teaching online and got to appreciate digital teaching methods and learning possibilities.
But now I am really looking forward to seeing my students in "real life". I really missed that!!! You get to know each other in a different way.
And also, for me, the lessons are a little bit more dynamic and immediate.
And of course I missed my great colleagues!!!! ... a quick chat at the coffee machine as well as the professional exchange and support.
Nicolas: I am actually really thankful for the opportunity to accompany my classes in the last weeks by teaching my lessons via Zoom. Especially the short way to work from my kitchen to the virtual classroom was especially convenient (20 steps) :) But jokes aside, I really look forward to returning to the Transmitter classrooms with our students to create dynamic learning situations together. By that, I mean spontaneous conversations that go beyond the boundaries of the breakout rooms, using our physical bodies to explain terms and situations or small group activities and games which require physical presence. So, disinfect your hands and let's go!!
Nina: Teaching via Zoom made me a bit nervous at the beginning: Will it work out technically? Will the internet connection be stable enough? Will it be possible for a class to get to know each other well enough online?
Now that we're back in the classrooms, I can say that online teaching did have many advantages. For example, sharing digital media content was faster - videos, audio files or other media content could be shown and played effortlessly. However, I feel that teaching physically on site is something completely different: Being able to see the facial expressions of other people and being physically in the room has a very positive effect on the learning process, in my opinion. The participants get to know each other in a completely different way and are able to exchange information without barriers. My conclusion: Both forms have their advantages, but all in all I am very happy to be back in class.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and thoughts with us! We are very grateful for your hard work and your flexibility with teaching online as well as offline during the past few months. :) But we can't wait to have you back at our school with us. <3♥ Share on Facebook ♥