What an educator with experience teaching online has learned about structuring students’ online and offline experiences and how to provide feedback to keep the learning going.
Building a successful virtual learning program can help teachers and students grow. Having taught in the virtual space throughout my education career, I’ve found, like others, that doing so requires a combination of characteristics: expertise in lesson planning and assessment, adaptability in what learning can look like in a virtual space, and a belief in students’ ability to rise to a challenge with support.
A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.
So often we find students in a stressed or anxious state of mind. The most telltale signs are inappropriate behaviours or outbursts, negative comments, and anxiety-ridden movements such as fidgeting, leg shaking, and fist clenching. These signals should raise an immediate concern and indicate to educators that a response may be needed. The goal is to guide the student to a self-regulated mindset, but how does a teacher do that?
Three tips to help school leaders establish and achieve their goals while keeping their workload manageable.
One of the teachers I supervise recently invited me to visit their classroom for the introduction of a lesson called the One Sentence Project. Students were asked to think critically about their role in the world and define the impact they would like to make—all in one sentence. There was scaffolding in place to help students reflect and project their skills into the future, and there were graphic organizers and other tools to assist with the process as well.