We want to ensure that when kaiako are planning for online learning experiences, that their well-being is at the forefront. This post is to support teachers with some guidelines and starting points when planning and teaching in a remote environment.
Save a copy of the key points from this resource here.
Starting you’re remote teaching session
There will be many actions to remember to take before each remote teaching session. Having a checklist of actions to step through will avoid having to remember everything. Although not exhaustive, the list below is a start that you can add to depending on how you and your school decide to facilitate Remote teaching sessions with students.
One quality many schools teach ākonga is resilience and how to keep going even when things get difficult. As educationalists there is an inbuilt desire to be supportive, give the best of who one is, and keep going regardless.
However, forging ahead at the detriment of one’s wellbeing, can, in the long run, cause more difficulties than what was trying to be avoided in the first place.
In this time of lockdown, teachers have extra concerns for family, ākonga, making sure everyone is connected, learning new ways to deliver their lessons, new technology to grasp, and much more. We thought it was time to remind teachers that even with all the shifts, changes, and new ways of working taking place, that their wellbeing is at the forefront.
Thank you Nathan Walsh for taking this question to Twitter and asking “I'm looking for some best practice pedagogy around running video calls for second schoolteachers. Eg duration, frequency per wk, types of activities to be focused on etc. Direct teaching vs Collaborative activities etc.”
In response to Nathans question we have collaborated and offer the following guidance.
Recently GCSN released the Community WiFi Roll Out webinar video with resources. One of the main documents to come from the webinar is the Policy and Procedure considerations for remote teaching and learning compiled by GCSN General Manager Gabrielle Wall.
The document covers Behaviour Management consideration, Teacher Skills and Training, Teacher Support Requirement, Strategies for engaging students in remote teaching and learning.
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