Online vs offline (center-based classes) – The student-teacher interaction varies
Regardless of your choice between online vs offline center-based math classes, the presence of a teacher is very important for children between 4 and 16 years of age. Any learning system that does away with a teacher for this age group is simply ineffective. The student-teacher relationship is a strong indicator of student learning outcomes.
In a center-based math class, the teacher’s presence helps children concentrate and work for a longer duration. Most 4 to 12-year-olds left to themselves will not opt to study. Thus the teacher’s role is to make the class engaging and encourage children to put in the effort. At this age, children must do hands-on activities to learn well. The presence of a teacher again helps facilitate such learning activities.
In an online class, when a teacher is present, students have to log-in as per schedule. This discipline ensures regularity of learning. However, if the teacher gives a presentation or lectures, then the learning is not effective as students become passive. Thus an online program must also require students to learn by reasoning, and work on math problems by themselves with a teacher monitoring their progress.