Although it is true that teachers may be struggling while they are implementing emergency remote teaching strategies, they are not alone. Students are also having to digest quite a bit, as well as facing the crisis itself.
So, why not find ways to make this transition a bit easier on them as well. Here are some ideas:
1.Make a cheat sheet
Create a one to two-page cheat sheet where students can find all of the most important information for your course. By using a cheat sheet, your students can easily find the information they need and not feel lost between emails, links, platforms, etc. Download our template for a remote teaching cheat sheet.
Remote teaching is a different kind of learning environment and we should consider the content that we are expecting our students to learn. The chunking strategy refers to breaking down information into smaller pieces so the brain can process and understand them more easily. This strategy is especially important in any kind of online learning environment since it allows for a logical and progressive way of navigating the course. When chunking you can implement some different techniques and strategies to continuously check concepts like chunk-challenge-chew-chat-check.
3. Group work and collaboration
Even though you are teaching remotely you can still promote collaboration and group work in your lessons. These can be either synchronous or asynchronous.
- Breakout rooms in Zoom to have students work in smaller groups or even pairs.
- Use shared documents to have students work together outside of the live session.
- Give students different roles and responsibilities for an activity so each can work individually but then piece everything together during the live session.
- Pair project work- Design a project where students can work together to complete the different stages either together or collaboratively. The students should present progress checks and report to the teacher.
4. Use video and audio clips (multimedia)
Students are used to having a teacher explain to them, so using these to explain instructions can bring you closer to them and promote a better understanding of the tasks, remember to give examples when necessary. As for student work, students can put their 21st-century skills to the test while recording, editing, and sharing videos or audios.