If you are a teacher in the US during March of 2020, you are likely to be in the same boat as I am - doing remote teaching. This is my first remote teaching to a group of students. Before we started our two-week spring break, the school shared 3 different possible plans/schedules with us if the school were to close due to COVID-19. That step eased my mind and provided some clarity to all the uncertainties out there at the time.
1. Constant communication
2. Schedules for the first two weeks of school - to avoid confusions
3. Tasks to be completed by teacher before the first meeting - A CHECKLIST!
4. Tech tutorials - created by a tech department to familiar teachers with the necessary online tools
5. Expectations for teaching online classes
6. Gradings - focus a lot on immediate and productive feedback
7. Videos - in order to main a community and relationship with students, it is recommended for teachers to include a short video before each lesson.
Does the list above prepare me well for remote teaching? It is hard to say. However, the important thing is we all do what we can to ensure students are getting the most out of this experience. Technology is powerful, but at the same time, we can also burn out from extensive use of screen time. Be attentive with assignments that also allow students to be away from their computers while they learn! Take care of yourself, and let's explore the world of online teaching.
Nihao! I am Grace Tseng. I am a passionate educator who just started learning about Project-Based Language Learning. This blog catalogues my journey and experiences with PBLL.