So , as a teacher, the epidemic of covid-19/Corona virus is challenging teachers all over the world to get creative with teaching and learning. As a Spanish teacher, I wanted to quickly come on here to give some suggestions for teachers who are having a hard time with digital learning or need some quick tips. Below, I wrote 3 suggestions for teachers during this time.
So let's quickly leap into some suggestions and tips to help with teaching and learning. We want out students to continue learning productively!
1. Try making sure assignments are not too long.
To often teachers aren't thinking about the situations of students in their home life. At school, we can give longer assignments, but at home we need to be aware that students may only have one device to do online assignments, while also having siblings or parents that also need to use that device. Or it might be that students only have a tablet or phone to use. So be aware that giving assignments in one day that take too long just isn't logical.
2. Try recording lessons. Again, don't make the videos too long. 15 minutes or less.
Recording lessons is something I think is essential during this time. One it will be nice for students to see your face and two it's good to hear someone explain a concept. Students will definitely appreciate it. Also the lesson doesn't have to be you. You can post a short video from YouTube or some other site that has a lesson on the topic you're teaching. Just make sure students have something they can listen to in order to learn. Remember we have students that learn in different ways.
3. Try to meet with students digitally.
Apps like Zoom make it possible to meet with students virtually. Conduct a class online using Zoom to teach or talk with students. This is just another way we can all stay connected.
Hopefully these tips are helpful. I might do another post about some good sites and resources for teachers and particularly for language teachers.