Get Started with Remote Teaching and Learning
Learn as much as you can about the way your students and their teacher(s) are using technology before you begin. This will help you transition smoothly into the workshop/residency and/or identify where you should plan to offer some additional tech support.
Find creative ways for you and your students to introduce yourselves to each other online before you begin your workshop or residency. Examples include intro videos, PowerPoints, polls, and more.
Remote learning can be traumatizing for many of our students so take some time to incorporate Trauma Informed Teaching Practices.
Just like in-person, remote teaching and learning requires careful planning. Whether you are working with an organization or as a freelance Teaching Artist, it’s important to know what kind of opportunities (and how many) you will have to be in communication with the Classroom Teachers and other Classroom Professionals before the beginning of your residency or workshop.
Assessing Students’ Strengths and Needs Online
Observing and getting to know students’ strengths and needs is an important part of getting started in any classroom setting. It might be more challenging in remote scenarios, however, due to difficulties observing student behavior or seeing students’ work while it’s in progress. Nevertheless, there are a few strategies you can use to understand where students are at and meet them there.
Building Rapport: Before You Start
If building rapport feels more challenging or clunky to you in remote learning settings, there are ways you can help students get to know you, understand what to expect, and introduce themselves—all before the residency or workshop begins!
Building Rapport: Establishing a Classroom Community
Building community is something most Teaching Artists think about and dedicate ample time to in the beginning of a workshop or residency. This is just as, if not more, important for remote learning. Some ways to do this in the early stages of your program are:
Building Rapport: Maintaining a Classroom Community
Be sure to maintain and build upon the ways you established your classroom community in the early stages of your program. This will keep students engaged and create a secure environment for students. Below, you’ll find suggestions tailored for remote learning. For additional information or ideas for in-person learning, explore Developing Positive Relationships Among Students to Build Community.
Reflecting on Your Remote Teaching and Learning
The GIVE guide provides a number of resources to support the process of you reflecting on your teaching. Though these resources were designed for in-person teaching, they will also be useful in online scenarios as well. See below for templates for your own self-assessment plus templates for end-of-program reflection with students.