Most teachers probably have little experience of distance teaching. Their role is fundamentally to be there in the classroom to teach, facilitate learning, support and challenge.
While schools are closed how can teachers offer a presence that ensures pupils can continue to have a meaningful and valuable education?
We have been building some of our training courses for educators to be delivered through an on-line platform. This has given us an extraordinary insight into how to create that presence remotely. I want to share some of our learning that you can use to ensure that pupils are inspired to continue to learn and progress.
Here are 10 top tips that have helped us to develop our on-line presence:-
- Create some protocols to share with pupils prior to embarking on any kind of on-line learning strategy
- Check the technical capability of your IT infrastructure and what pupils are using at home. If diagrams, text and pictures are difficult to see it will impact on motivation
- Plan carefully so that there is a sequence to the learning that becomes a clearly defined map or journey for pupils to follow
- Make sure pupils are prepared in the same way you would expect if you were still in the classroom, the right equipment, good posture, comfortable dress and readiness for learning
- Focus on the end points and work backwards to ensure that the learning is sequenced well and be clear what you want pupils to achieve
- Be very clear as the to the learning goals and objectives. Focus on how you can ignite interest by matching your expectations with the pupils’ interests and capabilities
- Define a study plan that outlines what pupils are learning, how long will the session last and how the session builds on prior learning and prepares for next steps in learning
- Use this opportunity to focus more on study skills than on content, such as specifically teaching listening skills, note taking skills; how to use enquiry techniques to support self-study or a focus on reading to learn (comprehension)
- Create opportunities for discovery learning by posing questions to stimulate pupils to find out for themselves
- Find activities that are fun, and learner centred. On-line is their domain trust your pupils to be solutions focused and innovative in how they use their time for learning
Our on-line learning suite of courses for leaders, managers and teachers will be available in April. The first courses are listed below. Email us to register your interest.
- Defining and Enhancing the Role of the Subject Leader – a ‘deep dive’ into subject specific implementation
- Formative Assessment – Creating the pedagogy of challenge, progression and deeper learning in the primary school
- Formative Assessment – Creating the pedagogy of challenge, progression and deeper learning in the secondary school
- Re-thinking Appraisal and Performance Management- Creating a coaching culture that leads to influential change through positive learning conversations
- The Art of Positive Lesson Observation – creating a culture where lesson observation is a collaborative part of continual professional learning
- The Learning Room – a series of strategies linked to metacognition and thinking skills