Maybe the only advantage to teaching remotely is that you can fart anytime you want.
Compared to live teaching, remote teaching introduces so many new challenges. I think the biggest challenge is that teachers don’t get to leverage a personal connection with their students. Hearing a pep talk from a teacher in a small square on your screen just doesn’t have the same effectiveness. And with all the windows on my screen and the technologies, I’m not able to build relationships the way I did before. Delivering content has its own challenges. In a live classroom, I can feel the energy of a class that is getting it, but on Zoom with students looking tired it is hard to gauge.
Last spring when we switched to full remote in March, the main technology I used was Zoom with chat and breakout rooms. I wasn’t so happy with my effectiveness so this year I made sure to improve things. Now I have a daily flow that I am quite proud of and I am sure my students are learning very well because of it.
I made a series of videos which I put on a playlist to share with other teachers who want to be more effective remote teachers.
Here is the playlist https://youtu.be/8CH8tZ8gS8s
There are currently 6 videos up and if people seem to like them, I will make more. The first video shows the hardware I used in school to maximize effectiveness. The second video is how I did a similar setup from home. The third video is what I sent to parents ahead of parent teacher conferences. The fourth video is about DeltaMath, which is a platform for assigning math problems in class and for homework. The fifth video is about Desmos Activity Builder which is a great free tool for any subject. The sixth video is about ClassDojo which is how I keep track of participation and absences and lateness. I use other tools besides these, like PearDeck and GeoGebra, so maybe more videos later. If you have some good tips, leave a comment!