eLearning became a household term in the spring of 2020 when the classrooms moved from schools to living rooms. Just as teachers have had to adapt the way they deliver instruction to their students, those of us who have the role of coaching them need to adapt the ways we support teachers in our new roles as eLearning coaches.

It is imperative that best teaching and coaching practices continue to be implemented even when instruction is being delivered remotely.

Here are 5 ideas eLearning coaches can use to ensure teachers don’t just survive in a distance learning environment, but thrive in it:

1. Model lessons: One of the best practices you can implement as an eLearning coach is to provide model lessons. You can talk about all the latest and greatest best practices in the classroom, but teachers need to see them in action. They need to be able to make their own observations of how that strategy, tool, etc. could be used to improve student learning.

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My favorite model lesson to lead is BreakoutEDU, a spin on the popular escape rooms that students cannot get enough of! They are so busy having fun solving clues that they don’t even realize they are practicing those necessary life skills of collaborating, communicating, and thinking critically. Because games are available in digital format, you can give the classroom teacher a break, take over a Zoom meeting, and model leading a game. Tip: Practice leading with a few friends or family members!

About the Author:

Jessica Zepik is a Media/eLearning Specialist at South Madison Community Schools in Pendleton, IN and a former fifth grade teacher. She is a BrainPOP Certified Educator, EdPuzzle coach, Common Sense Educator, Google Level 1 Certified Educator, and a member of the Discovery Education Leadership Council and Educator Network (DEN).