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Online Teaching Tips: 9 teachers share advice for COVID-19

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9 teachers from around the world share their advice and tips for distance and remote learning during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Our teachers rose to the occasion after the educational system flipped overnight. Now, with schools everywhere closed for indefinite periods of time, amazing educators everywhere are working harder than ever to maintain some continuity for students. Planning lessons while caring for their own children, overcoming technological barriers, and turning on a dime to try something new when an approach doesn’t work, these rock stars continue to impress us.

We want to say a big “THANK YOU” from all of us at Quizlet to all the teachers working so hard to educate our students! 🙏❤️

Our team wants to help teachers by sharing the creative ways they are keeping the online learning experience going.

This post is part of our new series, in which we ask educators for their tips on distance and remote learning.

This week we have online teaching tips for you from 9 teachers from around the world.

Kyle Nielsen from Henderson, NV.

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Challenge: “Getting students access to my material who don't have devices/the Internet at home.”

Advice: ”Keep it simple. Stick with what you already know and tweak it for online, or try to learn only one new program/system at a time. Chin up, you've got this!...This new normal has taught us all to reevaluate what's really important in educating kids. Don't forget those lessons when we get back to brick and mortar education!”

Ana Gamino from Mountain View, CA.

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Challenge: “I miss the daily interactions with my kids every day and I worry how I will be able to keep the class afloat.”

Advice: “Just take a deep breath and do your best. Whatever that means for you. Talk to other teachers to stay engaged with online teacher communities.”

Cassie Caplan from New York, NY.

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Challenge: “At the end of the day, remote learning takes even more work than preparing for an in-person class. The preparation is exhausting, while many of us are caring for children at home on top of our remote learning responsibilities. My biggest challenge is that I miss my students and my classroom; no piece of technology is going to recreate the energy and sense of community I try to bring to my classroom. I'm giving 110 percent to try to recreate it, but it's impossible.”

Advice: “Connections and student relationships remain at the top of my priority list during this remote learning stage. My advice is to tap into those; learning and content will stem from there. My advice to those struggling with incorporating technology: take it one tech-tool at a time. Be easy on yourself and your students, we are all thrown into this situation and are dealing with it in our ways and our own time. We're all in this together!

Happy to connect to other educators on twitter: @MagistraCaplan!”

Ditza from Olhão, Portugal

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Challenge: “Make sure that every student has access to wi-fi or cable; if not, the challenge will be much bigger.”

Advice: “Record video or audio tutorials and use one of the many IT tools available online, like Quizlet.”

Carolina from Kent, UK.

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Challenge: “Students submitting work, platforms not working, reliable internet connection.”

Advice: “Have a clear idea of what you want to cover in each session, leaving enough time for students to reflect on but what they're learning and to ask you questions. Take one step at a time, focus on one specific tool and get confident in the use of it before moving to another one. We will overcome this challenge!”

Leticia Citizen from Covina, CA.

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Challenge: “My biggest challenge with remote learning is making sure I plan for periodic moments to walk outside in my backyard during the day, taking time with my family, and addressing all my teachers’ needs in a timely manner.”

Advice: “Please reach out and ask for help. Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow educators from across the world to connect and share strategies and resources that are helpful during this time. Many edtech platforms are also offering assistance through live and recorded webinars, curating resources, and providing free access during our home learning experience.”

Patricia Bradley from Burlingame, CA.

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Challenge: “Hands-on [science] labs are not going to happen, but I am substituting kitchen chemistry.”

Advice: “Keeping consistent classes during normal school hours is key. Students need it. I am holding normal teaching hours as usual through Zoom. Students work in groups and are doing normal learning, so no need to lose any educational time whatsoever.”

Elise Kohan from Bullis School, Potomac, MD.

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Challenge: “Not seeing kids in person.”

Advice: “Just keep trying, every day is a new day! This is bigger than all of us, take it one day at a time.”

Angie Nevarez from Los Angeles, CA.

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Challenge: “Making sure the students are engaged and being productive.”

Advice: “Plan … ABC and D, and don’t freak out if they don’t work out. Right now is not a time for ego and perfectionism, but a time to preserve and protect the relationships we have built with our students. Use the tools they already know. Be flexible and patient with yourself and others, and also with the technology. Trial and error is the name of the game, and that’s OK.”

Key takeaways and summary

First of all, understand that this remote learning situation we’ve all been thrust into is a trial-and-error situation for everyone.

  • Give yourself a break and remind yourself that all you can do is your best.
  • Keep it simple. Introduce one new activity or resource at a time.
  • There is a wealth of information out there, so do check out online resources such as Quizlet’s blog!
  • Start slow and don’t overwhelm yourself.
  • Embrace creativity to find solutions for problems that you face.
  • And understand that sometimes you will fail, and that is totally OK.

You’ve got this. 😎

Over to you now!

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Comments

  1. anelson27392

    inr I'm like wanting to go back to school XDDDDDD

  2. c467074

    The invisible enemy is not going to stop us students from learning:)

  3. thea301 PLUS

    way to go quizlet community!

  4. elina_the_great

    It's so reassuring to hear that there are teachers out there like this. keep it up!

  5. itzNour

    Love the teachers that make an effort to keep their classes engaged! Respect.

  6. evelynvega_

    we all go this

  7. lori_sam

    Teachers band together! That is the number one thing about this. As long as we stick together (with social distancing in mind) we will be strong. In addition to doing classes on Zoom, our school has a lunch hour on Wednesday so the kids can all hang out. Social distancing is no excuse to hurt friendships and class relationships. And remember- your students probably miss you, even if they won't admit it!

  8. tekirah_6261

    this is the hardest part of my life. not being able to do anything but be in the house.

  9. wasteneys

    Thanks for this.

    Appreciate this post!!

  10. NajahKhatib

    I hope every one return back to work .

  11. LF_Clark

    Thank you to all the teachers and team at Quizlet for making sure we all can still learn at home. This is a big encouragement in hard times

  12. Macib0

    Very nice. I respect the teachers for taking time out of their day to do something nice like this. I am inspired!

  13. A_Sommerfeldt

    I generally tend to be introverted. I am not minding the isolation too much. Hang in there to all that are struggling!

    What an amazing, and challenging, opportunity to grow in an environment I never expected to face! Innovation is being attempted at an incredible pace. On the flip side, some students, teachers and parents are struggling with being able to cope with a mountain of unknowns and stress. Most of us are experiencing both of these extremes.

    I can keep being consistent and kind to my students, parents, colleagues and, of equal importance, to myself.

  14. AlainnahE

    Teachers are very important so it's so nice to have Quizlet to help us learn through this hard time. :D

  15. Nina_Rizzo282005

    Thanks to all the teachers out there and the quizlet community. Stay positive ya'll and get through this together not alone 😁😄😁😁

  16. America_Rainey8 TEACHER

    Quizlet Live! I discovered you this school year and immediately shared you with my classes. We played it every Friday in class and in an effort to keep a semi-normal routine, we still do. You (Quizlet) are our piece of thread keeping us together and engaged. Thank you for the individual option now available, but they still enjoy teams. You make my teaching job look so easy.

  17. th3fortnit3mast3r

    YO guys you can do it think of all

  18. svarona35

    I wish all of this can already end. I miss my teachers a ton! I miss the energy that they bring in the classroom, and it's not the same learning through a computer and learning through a person.

  19. ishwinb-123 PLUS

    Thanks for creating this post!

  20. feelthebeat102

    Thanks for this post! It has helped me to keep me on the bright side of life!!! I love it! I will probably come back to this post to remind me to stay on the bright side! Thanks so much!!!!

  21. Fssd5756895

    if you search the definition of inspiration youll see this.

  22. Holistr TEACHER

    I love teaching on-line :-D
    It is far more work than in-person teaching but it is really rewarding.
    And imagine how much easier it will be the next year, the next time you will explain concepts when you already have the videos, the slides, and the practice in electronic form.
    I am telling you, this time is a blessing for the development of teachers and teaching methods. 加油

  23. goalkeep06

    😷😷 STAY SAFE!!!

  24. Lorelei_Escobedo11

    Thanks to all of our teacher for continuing to teach us through this hard time. We appreciate you!

  25. Rhys_Beutler PLUS

    Thanks a lot teachers!

  26. DemonQueenHasArrived

    BE STRONG because things will get better, It may be stormy now but it never rains forever.😎

  27. pixiestar4

    its a hard

  28. cisse811681

    We got this

  29. Zihan_123

    lgtm

  30. qing_gu80

    wow!!!!!!!

  31. reneequ431

    wowwww!!!

  32. ASOM38

    yes I agree

  33. shijie321

    ..WOW!

  34. Magnittone

    i see

  35. Meganw84

    Thanks for posting this it really made my day

  36. beboone

    Thank you for this post it has really encouraged me to continue with online learning. Although I have been homeschooled for 3 years, I went back to regular high school this year and the drastic change back to virtual was a shock but easy to get back into the groove. My advice to everyone is to MAKE A SCHEDULE and stick to it! This will get rid of all the stress when it comes to turning in assignments and staying on top of your work. Don't slack off and feel like you have extra time because eventually you will realize you don't! As a student, I would like to wish everyone well with this whole COVID-19 business. Stay smart. Stay healthy. We got this! :)

  37. beboone

    Thank you Quizlet for your amazing website and hard work! :)

  38. chickynuggie11

    Wooo hooooo everyone!!!!!!🤪

  39. hgpcurlz

    As an extroverted homeschooler (I know it sounds like an oxymoron) quarantine has been hard for me. This post has been encouraging to see teachers and students alike come together. Thank you teachers!!

  40. Angel_Polanco2

    stay safe

  41. lori_sam

    hgpcurlz I know! Homeschooling is unchanged, but relationships are slowly growing stale...hoping everyone keeps sanity! I made a set for students AND teachers about still being their best selves in class! Here's the link, friends! https://quizlet.com/_8ax3rn?x=1qqt&i=mdtk0

  42. bethian_bubbles

    thanks that really encouraged me to keep learning not teaching💕💕💕💕💕thanks a LOT LOL

  43. profejrodriguez

    This is awesome.
    Gracias

  44. Ternence123

    I want to express my grateful feeling to quizlet

  45. ace_space07

    ez dope man

  46. clevercat84

    You got this, teachers!!

  47. oliviacavazos127

    Awesome!

  48. AllisonFaith1234

    THANK YOU TEACHERS WE LOVE YOU!!!! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!!! *online hug*
    #COVID-19 #TeachersRULE

  49. Champion-_-

    We can all get through this:)

  50. VishalDarkSide

    this is cool

  51. jaydn041608

    ya teachers are awsome

  52. DashawnB23

    Don't be afraid to fail is disrespectful

  53. Latrice1505

    Thank you

  54. Chester_Straley

    nice

  55. Val_Napawanetz TEACHER

    Thank you Quizlet. Using Quizlet sets to augment distance learning on TEAMS. Works so well.

  56. majesticcavs11

    neat

  57. TannimAteABanana

    INSPIRATION 100

  58. mzunique1982

    your all right lets help the earth by helping eachother

  59. DarkSpyro288

    stay at home.

  60. hywangblem

    we got this

  61. SFSchroeder

    support each other and encourage them

  62. unspeakablegaming303

    hey guys just want to let you know that were all in this together and a quick shout out to everyone hwo is social distancing, Amazing. we can pull through.

  63. greatmermernochie

    I am homeschooled, and a tornado just ripped thru my town.

  64. greatmermernochie

    thanks teachers!!!!!! and healthcare heros!!!!!!!

  65. Grace_Brown1229

    We can all make it through this hard time, everyone. Pray that God will give our doctors & nurses & anyone else who is putting their lives on the line the strength & courage to keep going on. #Can'tWaitToGoBackToSchool

  66. MINERVA_LARRY

    GOOD MORNING, GOOD AFTERNOON, where ever you are. We have another to be great and share empathy with our students and biological kids. STAY SAFE because we are in this together. 100%

  67. jkyo0324

    POSITIVISM 🥈🥇🥉🏆❣🧡❤💛💚💚💜🤎🖤💯

  68. Vanessaaik

    i am from sweden and here in sweden all schools are opend:(

  69. ANTHONY91183

    YOU GO EDUCATORS!!!

  70. OliviaTryon35

    Thank you so much educators! My teachers are amazing and are all working together. This is a time to look up to your Father in Heaven, and trust Him. Trust in the Lord and wash you hands and everything will be okay! :)

  71. SummerEllis1

    were all in this together!
    STUDY
    DO YOUR SCHOOL WORK
    and stay positive!

  72. jerry_guo1

    Be at school kids AND THANK YOU EDUCATORS

  73. josegallegos-qz STAFF

    We got this!!! 😎

  74. LuminaliaGacha

    Everyone is strong, you guys can stay positive and try not to get too bored at home.:)

  75. hcox1313

    Thanks to everyone who is helping us stay strong through this pandemic. ❤️

  76. Petiot

    Shout-out to all the amazing teachers!!! :)

  77. sophimarie14

    Hope everyone stays safe! If you get bored clean out the closet, desk, or wherever there's a mess. Or write a letter. Yes, people used to send things to each other on paper, not screens.

  78. Grace_Brown1229

    sophimarie14 I agree. Very few people send letters anymore, but it's so exciting to get a response from a friend. I even have a penpal in Africa!

  79. PixelQtip

    STAY SAFE PEOPLES!

  80. cacaisreal

    Wash yo' hands boiii

  81. Montanaskye2005

    We've got this!

  82. Montanaskye2005

    Way to go teachers! We WILL get through this together!!

  83. mfaithk

    We are going to get through this guys! Remember we're all in this together! <3! #WAIT

  84. awesomeJamesArmour

    thanks everyone who is helping us get through this challenging time

  85. Jess_NightBlade

    #VirtualHugs

  86. ColsonOtis

    great!!

  87. ColsonOtis

    everything is still awsome even though everything is cancled!

  88. Ellen-smart-cool

    Ooooh teacher us cool keep it up 😉🥇🏆👩🏻‍💻👩🏼‍🏫

  89. ParkerFam7

    that is so nice!

  90. Julian7921

    Be safe everyone

  91. AidenGaleAletheiaKid

    Stay healthy, happy, and holy!

  92. Maria_Garces3

    We are all in this together guys, let's support our teachers and front-line workers

  93. pusheen_bean

    I agree! WE got this, guys! Stay safe everyone! :D

  94. Maas_Anderson TEACHER

    I am coming to a challenging period with teaching P.E. for middle school kids in a remote learning way. I have reached out to some of my colleagues, but I have used up those ideas too. Any groups online for P.E. teachers K-8th grade people recommend?

  95. arthbajpai

    awesome content

  96. Christopher_Cabanog

    This helps. Thank you so much!

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