10 Tips and habits for successful online schooling

  • On a scale from 1 to 5, how comfortable do you feel using technology in our virtual classroom?
  • Have you encountered any technical issues, such as not being able to hear me, or not being able to connect to the internet?
  • Are my lessons well-organized and my assignments clear?
  • Can you easily find what you need?⁣
  • Do you feel like your voice is heard?
  • What can I do to improve our online classroom?
  • Show caring by noticing changes in behavior. For example: “You don’t seem like yourself lately. Is there something going on?” Invite students to connect via email, by calling their parents, or by mailing a note to their homes with a self-addressed stamped envelope for them to write you back.
  • Don’t push for information or ask pointed questions.
  • Lend an ear. Give a casual invitation like, “Let’s talk.”
  • Do not ignore concerns or minimize what has happened.
  • Let students know you are one of the adults here to keep them safe.
  • Don’t tell children everything will be fine or the same.
  • Do more listening than talking.
  • Don’t dominate the conversation.
  • Provide opportunities for students to express their feelings. Invite them to write or draw about their experiences and feelings.
  • Do not recount explicit traumatizing details of the events.
  • Keep to routines as much as possible.
  • Avoid giving surprise assignments or making last-minute schedule changes.
  • What trends do I see in student participation and what are the possible causes?
  • What am I learning about my students as participants of my virtual classroom?
  • What could I do to make learning more accessible, inclusive, and meaningful?
  • How are we, as a class, doing physically, mentally, and emotionally?
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Alex Litvin

Alex Litvin

I consider myself a citizen of the World, having lived and studied in the Czech Rep., Austria, Belgium, Ukraine, and Belarus. Now I’m CEO of Smart Oculus LLC.