Online Teaching -Tips for Teachers

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  • Always promote communication and interaction

As long as they can connect synchronously take advantage of the time for students to share and express how they feel, this will greatly help increase their motivation and commitment.

Encourage discussion activities so that students can express themselves and have an active participation in the process. There are multiple ways to do this and different technologies too. Do not forget to define the guidelines for the discussion forums and any other activity that involves communications between the parties.

  • Take advantage of synchronous connections significantly

If we are going to use synchronous or live connection methods with our students to teach an hour-long class, we will be missing out on the greatest advantage we have when connecting online, which should be two-way interaction that promotes interest, motivation and active participation in students.

Imagine how it is for a student to spend every morning sitting listening to teacher after teacher unilaterally dictating instructions and content, I assure you that in much less than what these students think they will be doing anything else except paying attention to the teacher and with just reason.

The lessons that we have should be used to facilitate learning for students, giving effective, punctual and prompt feedback, supporting the elaboration and development of the proposed activities, creating interactive dynamics, encouraging the participation of all, focusing on how to support the students in their knowledge-building process, subject mastery, and long-term learning.

  • How does a teacher do to change this dynamic?

My initial recommendation is to use a well-known practice of the inverted classroom, to provide the content that was going to be exposed synchronously asynchronously (video, presentations, documents, documentaries, podcasts) so that the students study and assimilate them at their own pace and that when the session is live the time is used to put the knowledge into practice; In other words, to move from knowing to knowing how to doing and knowing how to be. The flipbooks are perfect in this scenario where you can create the best digital content from the software such as FlipHTML5. You have the option to add annotations like photos videos audios after converting the PDF into a 3D book. The presenting of your valuable content in a very engaging way with a remote teaching tool will stick your students to the screen with more of an understanding.

  • Learning assessment

The same criteria must be maintained so that the center must continue with the evaluation that it had already been implementing in its face-to-face classes, whether based on standards, competencies, or objectives. 

Learning activities must be accompanied by assessment tools such as checklists, tables with assessment criteria and their qualitative or quantitative scale, or the rubrics. There must be a consistency between the product expected by the student and the content of the assessment instruments.

It is fundamentally important that the teacher personally report the grades and provide timely feedback to each of their students. If the student is left alone, he will lose motivation and may experience frustration at not knowing if he is doing the right thing or not and not receiving a response from his teacher. To this is added the anger of the parents.

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