5 Tips for Effective Remote Teaching
Covid-19 has forced schools around the U.S. to seek new ways to support learners during the new school year. According to Education Week, as of August, more than half of the largest public K-12 school districts across the country were delivering remote teaching as their only method of instruction. And schools that are returning in-person need to have a plan in place for a remote learning environment.
The Hechinger Report discusses the need for educators to be trained on remote teaching, however, the current environment does not give them enough time to do so. At many schools, there was little to no time to prepare for remote learning as schools were open as usual one day and closed to students the next day. This prevented organizations from working on their remote learning strategies and now, teachers must learn as they go and adapt quickly to the circumstances.
These 5 tips can provide insight for teachers on how to implement effective remote teaching in their classrooms:
Wellbeing is key
Millions of children will spend the entire school year on their laptops or computers, isolated from their friends and usual school environments. They will lack necessary human connection, which may not only endanger their school performance, but their mental health as well. Ensuring learners are emotionally, physically and mentally healthy must be a priority in remote teaching. Teachers should schedule weekly 1-to-1 meetings with students using their chosen program or even a simple phone call.
To support mental health initiatives school-wide, we’ve launched a free digital student safety solution called Impero back:drop to record and track student safety concerns for a full view of every student’s wellbeing. Learn more about Impero back:drop here.
Make remote learning interactive
Students are more focused and engaged when they’re learning in a classroom. When a student is in their own home, their environment may be full of distractions and showing up to class is not enough to ensure they’re learning. Try presenting teaching materials in a more fun and interactive way to engage, and focus student attention. For example, teachers can create brief quizzes to test what learners have memorized at the end of the class. Kahoot is a great teaching app used for quizzes. Interactive and dynamic slides can also increase student engagement, alongside group work and discussions during class time.
Communicate with students and their families
Teachers won’t be able to supervise their students as effectively as they could inside the classroom. Make sure to communicate often with both students and their parents, to make sure everyone knows class expectations and workload. Make space for parents to share their thoughts and provide feedback. Share announcements, homework and reminders on a consistent platform and in group chats.
Don’t overwhelm students
There are hundreds of apps and software programs available for teachers. However, overwhelming students with excessive number of apps, platforms or google docs can, in fact, decrease their productivity. Keep it simple and understandable.
Choose the right software
Choosing the right software that meets the needs of the school is key. Impero class:room is our fully cloud-based classroom management software. It works on devices across all major operating systems, and designed to help students, no matter their learning environment. Moreover, teachers can create engaging lessons, keep track of student progress, and monitor their mental health, all from the same place. Learn how Impero class:room can help you implement effective remote teaching by booking a demo here.