These certainly are times that teachers have not been trained for, but are having to “lean into” (in the words of Sheryl Sandberg).
Online teaching is a whole new game, with different rules, and, quite simply, it is not what most teachers envisaged when starting their careers!
Our experience so far of teaching during lockdown, has shown that learners are craving more personal interaction. Pre-recording lessons or messages is certainly one option, but there is huge value in holding live discussions so students can ask questions, interact, and get a more traditional classroom experience. As many teachers have already experienced though, managing “online meets” needs a different approach to the in-person teaching we have been trained for!
With this new challenge in mind, Be In Touch have put together some useful tips for teachers, as they journey into the online teaching world:
Planning the meet
Managing the meet
After the meet
Teaching online has become our new reality, and given that this door has now been opened, we dont think it will ever completely shut. Getting it right can take learning new skills and changing our approach to teaching, but in the end it will hopefully create more opportunites for children to learn, and for teachers to do what they love.
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