Remote instruction is new to a lot of teachers, but not to everyone–some of us have been doing it for years. I personally have developed curricula for 17 separate remote learning short courses.
Prior to teaching online, I taught face-to-face classes in every environment and structure to every age group. So I can tell you that there are differences in how to teach remotely versus face-to-face, but the majority of teaching principles do carry over.
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The bottom line is that remote instruction is not as hard as you might be making it.
Best Practice #1: Teach first, tools second
We are lucky to have many innovative tools for device-based educational activities. Many are really useful. Some are marginally useful and others just frankly get in the way. No matter what tools you have at your disposal, always remember that teaching is what leads to learning. Teach first. Don’t allow pressure to use a bunch of apps to overshadow good old-fashioned teaching. I use very few of the available bells and whistles and it turns out that it works!
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