To help teachers with the transition to online instruction, an April edWebinar featured educators sharing what is working for them as they teach students online during the COVID-19 crisis. The presenters also provided recommendations for other educators who are now making the shift from being in a classroom to working remotely with students.
Organized by SETDA, the State Education Technology Directors Association, the edWebinar included a 2nd grade teacher who had previously taught online only during inclement weather and never expected to be teaching remotely for an extended period. She was followed by a middle/high school teacher and instructional coach at an online charter school, who has more than a decade of experience working online with students and fellow educators.
While each of the educators provided different tips based on the age of their students and the extent of their online work, they also agreed on a number of key points, including the importance of consistency and routines, and of limiting the use of new tech tools in order for online teaching and learning to be effective.
Reaching and teaching young children
Olivia Miller, the grade 2 teacher, works in rural Indiana and said recent changes have “rocked the world” of her students, their families, and her fellow teachers. Given the young age of her students, she makes sure to do daily check-ins on the students’ well-being, including the use of illustrated forms they can fill in about their emotions. She also encourages them to take “brain and body breaks” that include stretching, yoga, and drawing.