The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way educators think about teaching and required a process that plans for continued e-learning while also considering activities that promote student wellness in these distressing times.
In making preparations, it’s important to think like an online school and develop plans for more long-term work and structure that is better suited for online work.
In doing this, it is important to establish a communication plan to connect administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students using consistent and frequent methods of communication. This could consist of videoconferencing, chatrooms, email, phone calls, or another method. Now is the time to get creative with communication in order to continue to practice social distancing.
Additionally, it is important to establish a daily schedule to maintain some kind of normalcy for students in these challenging circumstances. In developing a routine, which creates some familiarity for students, it is also important to focus on students’ wellbeing and keeping the virtual classroom a place that promotes student wellness.
In this way, it is important that educators remain available for students, offering them a variety of communication methods at which to reach them. In addition to this, it can be helpful to assign something creative for students to work on to encourage them to focus on something less serious and lessen the burden that students may be feeling.
By balancing structure with student wellbeing, adapting to the virtual classroom can provide valuable learning for students and educators alike.
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