The Comfort of Routine
With so much change and uncertainty this school year, students (and educators) feel a higher level of stress. How can you make your virtual classroom a safe and comforting place to be?
Begin and end your class with repeated rituals.
As much as we at Teach It Online Now know mixing things up is necessary to keep the attention of your students, routines are comforting in times of crisis. Starting and ending every class with the same activities helps to increase a sense of security.
Perhaps you begin with a one word check in, a formative assessment, and then questions from the homework. Then you could wrap things up with a key takeaway, a moment of gratitude and reminder of when you will be meeting next and what to prepare.
Decide with what works for you and your students and then stick to it! The routines will become rituals that provide a much needed sense of normalcy.
"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency.
Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come."
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
These weekly tips are designed to remind and spark you and/or your teaching professionals of the fundamentals to teaching online. Should you want a deep dive into more strategies, check out Teach it Online Now, an on-demand course in 16 micro-learning modules.
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