Find the Helpers: 1 Tip Now
Two eyes. Two hands.
Do you ever feel like you are stretched thin in a virtual classroom? With so much to pay attention to-- your content, chats, video feeds, hand raising, your visuals, and of course your students. How can you possibly do all of these at once?
If it feels impossible to do it all at the same time, that’s because it is. Give yourself some grace. You only have two eyes, two hands, and one brain. But what if you could multiply that? We could all benefit from a helping hand right now, and instructors are no exception. Even if you can’t have another teacher with you, your students can fill in the gaps.
Try assigning roles at the top of class. One student could watch the chat and alert you to questions. Another could let students know when they are on mute-- or mute them if they have forgotten. Think about what technology tasks you could entrust to others. It will free you up to pay attention to what matters most: your students.
"Keep going. That's all you have to do, ever.... Slowly is fine. Crawling is fine. No feeling is final. Except hope."
- Glennon Doyle
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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