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Best Practices for Online Teaching: Class Management

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At Lincoln Learning, online teaching is what we do best. However, we realize that many teachers are learning how to do it on the fly. You shouldn’t have to go it alone.

As a solutions company, we provide you the educational tools and assistance to meet your needs, whatever they may be. Right now, students need to learn online, and you need to transition to a new learning environment.

To help you with that process, our experienced instructors put their heads together to create a list of best practices for online teaching. Each day this week, we’ll focus on a different topic with tips to help you succeed in your new role as an online teacher.

Best Practices for Class Management

Managing your class is quite a bit different when students are now scattered across your district instead of in a single classroom. Try incorporating these tips to bring your class together, manage their work, and help your students adapt to distance learning.

  • Show your personality just like you would in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Students appreciate a sense of humor and relate more when you can show them that you’re not a robot on the other side of the computer.
  • Provide time management tips with assignments. Students may struggle with motivation or need extra guidance for prioritizing work while they transition to online classes.
  • Offer participation grades or extra credit to help students get involved and interact online. The extra motivation will help increase engagement.
  • Plan extra questions on the topic you’re teaching. It’s easier to grab a screenshot of a premade question than it is to come up with one and type it while students are waiting.
  • Give extra time for assignment completion. Your students may not be able to work during typical school hours due to parent work schedules or other variables. Consider creating a Sunday night deadline for the past week’s assignments.
  • Stay organized and be very clear on how students should submit work. Tracking participation becomes chaotic if some students post in the comment section, others share a Google Doc, and others email a response.

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