First I want to state that I know that what I am doing would not work for everybody. Even those in a similar school situation have different home lives. I am not sharing this to say others should follow my lead, but rather that here are some things that have worked for me.
This year I am teaching two year 7 classes, a year 12 IB standard level class and a year 13 IB Higher Level class. I have taken a different approach with the different age groups, but I do a Zoom lesson every period.
Some of the benefits of doing lessons live have been:
- Less work out of class as I do not have to mark every piece of work submitted. I can keep on top of this during class time like I would in school.
- Students can ask questions when they are stuck or unsure, like they would in class.
- I can monitor misconceptions more easily and address them earlier, through classkick and targeted cold calling. Again, more like being in school.
- The social aspect for our kids is important. They have not been able to leave their houses for 7 weeks now, so the normality of school and social interactions is really important.
- The kids and parents have asked for it. I have sent a couple of emails to parents explaining my process at this time. I have also sent a survey to kids and their parents. My school is doing the same on a whole school level. In all cases, the majority want Zoom classes if possible.