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!

About the Author:

Meredith Kaunitz is Chief Education Officer of Art Play Learn, an education services company that solves education problems. With her almost 28 years of teaching experience, combined with copious self-education in Neurology, Cognitive Psychology, Learning Science and Motivational Psychology, she has developed 13 remote learning courses with 5-star ratings and a waiting list for all of them. She enjoys sharing her discoveries with other teachers and administrators through several professional development platforms.