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Best Practices for Online Teaching: Self-Care

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At Lincoln Learning, online teaching is what we do best. As more districts plan for distance learning this fall, we want to help you prepare. 

As a solutions company, we provide clients with the educational tools and assistance to meet their needs, whatever they may be. When students need to learn online and you need to teach remotely, we want to help.

Our experienced instructors put their heads together to create a list of best practices for online teaching. Here's what they had to say about the importance of teacher self-care.

Best Practices for Teacher Self-Care

Teacher self-care is just as important in the online teaching world as it is in the classroom. You can’t be at your best for your students if you aren’t looking out for number one. Use these tips to keep your mind focused and sharp.

  • Keep a routine. Set your alarm, wake up, shower, get dressed, and have breakfast before you start working. Keep a schedule as if you were leaving your house to go to work. Don’t forget to schedule a prep period and a lunch break for yourself too.
  • Create a designated work area in your house. Keep it organized with the things you need to do your job. Make a to-do list so you know what needs to be completed before you close your computer for the day.
  • Move around. You’re used to walking around the classroom, the school building, and to and from the parking lot. Being at home can be a huge physical adjustment. Consider purchasing a standing desk or try moving your laptop to a shelf or raised area in your home to act as a standing desk so you can work while standing for part of your day. Taking movement breaks is imperative.
  • Keep in touch with colleagues. You likely have virtual meetings provided by your school, but don’t forget to reach out to some of your work friends. Consider having a Zoom lunch date or creating a virtual teachers’ lounge. We all need to stay connected while being apart.

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