5 Tips for Virtual Teaching

Written by: Instructor Tiffany

While some of us are embracing the end of summer and welcoming of fall, some are lost in what day of week it is as we prepare for back to school. This year, unlike any other in our lives, may look a lot different. Some of us are heading back to school full-time, some are hybrid, and some are completely virtual. There may be a few of you out there who may not be returning back to work/childcare at all. Either way, we can all benefit from understanding way to improve virtual learning. Read on for some tips!

Time – Virtual teaching takes a lot of time, and it is okay to take the time you need to feel comfortable. Whether you are instructing online, or helping little ones learn virtually, it will take time. You may feel frustrated, as will the children, but remember that it is going to be okay.
Communicate – No matter your role, it will be important to communicate with teachers, parents and especially with the children. We are all in this together, so it is important that we communicate our need for help, our frustrations, our confusion, etc. Check in with each other, and take the time to be there for one another.
Assignments Will Take Longer – As with tip #1, time will be needed for everything. Expect assignments to take longer, and expect to provide extra help all around.
Virtual Platform – Be sure to use a virtual platform that is convenient for you to use for teaching, but mostly is easy to navigate for your students. If you are working with little children, you may not have a choice in this area, but be sure to offer suggestions if appropriate.
Google! – I always tell everyone to Google everything! We live in a time where information is immediately accessible, and we should take advantage of that access! Use Google to learn things you do not understand. Watch YouTube or any other platform for step-by-step directions on how to videos for help with virtual navigation.

Again, we are all in this together and together we will all get through this. Remember that you are not alone, and your frustrations are currently felt by millions around the world. Let’s be considerate and remember that we all have our battles. Stay safe out there!