Everyone learns differently – and motivation plays a big part in the learning process. While some students are self-motivated, in that learning something new is all the motivation they may need, other students may not be. Assignments that are not required may be skipped by the latter students. A teacher should think of ways to motivate all of their students to get the most out of the class. This may include giving extra points for online discussions or optional assignments. Deadlines may also help push forward those less motivated students. A teacher’s goal is to find ways to help students get the most out of the class, without the benefit that a physical presence brings.
Taking all this into account, at Verita International School a great accent is placed on socio-emotional learning (SEL) and the school’s faculty, together with the Verita Foundation have already undertaken several steps, in programs meant to help underprivileged children in rural areas, as well as to renovate and modernize classrooms, for instance. For teachers, Verita International School is constantly identifying stress factors, as well as efficient self-regulation tools for educators, which include mindfulness training, wellness retreats or in-school support networks.
“Also, we are providing basic needs support for underprivileged children in state schools, and programs and events that bring awareness and emotional connection to the broader issues in our community. Together with the Verita Foundation, we are organizing fundraising events and workshops for buying furniture and educational materials necessary for a healthy learning process, via initiatives such as Teacher-Parent Workshops, Dance for Kindness, or Adopt a Classroom,” concludes the Director of the Verita Foundation, Lila Vasilescu.