With the unexpected school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers are learning how to take a classroom curriculum and move it into a remote setting, while at the same time rushing to learn and implement different distance-learning tools.

As a K-8 instructional coach for Marion County Public Schools in South Carolina, I’m helping our teachers through this abrupt transition by continuing to coach them to become more effective educators every day. Here are four guidelines we’re using to navigate online coaching, teaching, and learning.

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1. Focusing on relationships: One of the most critical areas I’m addressing at the moment is how to help educators find a sense of peace, balance, and rejuvenation in these unprecedented times. Many of the social-emotional needs we talk about in the brick-and-mortar setting can be met through classes, programs, and within social support systems schools provide. However, it is not so easy to meet these needs for a school community working in a remote environment.

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About the Author:

Rachel Caulder is a K-8 instructional coach at Creek Bridge STEM Academy in Marion County, South Carolina. Prior to her current coaching role, she taught high school ELA for 12 years and worked as a middle/high school literacy coach. Rachel enjoys supporting students and teachers to promote growth and learning through reflection. She can be reached at rcaulder@marion.k12.sc.us.


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