Successfully Taking Your Classroom Online For ‘Social Distancing’ Reasons

There’s a right way to make the transition smooth and seamless

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Getting Started

You may already know this, but the best app for teaching online is Zoom.

Expectations

The key to leading a successful online class is making sure that your students know what’s expected upfront. Here are the expectations I set for all my students taking online classes with me;

  • Students should be encouraged not to turn off their cameras except during break time.
  • They should do their homework and communicate any problems with their homework over your chosen communicate app before the day the homework is due.
  • Students should clearly indicate to the teacher whenever they don’t understand what’s being taught, rather than sitting in silent confusion.
  • Students shouldn’t correct each other while another student is reading aloud; this is the job of the teacher.
  • The best student is a note-taking student. Students should write as many things down as possible, especially everything from the whiteboard and any good advice given by the teacher.
  • Students shouldn’t do homework from other classes, play games, or browse other apps while taking class. They should try their best to remain focused.

The Activity Book Strategy

One way I like to keep the kids engaged is by making and providing them with exciting and colourful activity sheets for them to fill out during the lesson.

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Screenshot from the activity book I use for second grade classes
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Screenshot from the activity book I use for second grade classes

It Just Feels Wrong

It can be difficult, even for the best of us, to pull off an online lesson. This is because lessons taught online feel so different from lessons taught in a conventional classroom.

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In Conclusion

Motivation for students to engage in online classes tends to decrease over time, and it can be difficult to convince parents to invest the same amount of money they’d normally charge for an in-person class.

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