A sudden pivot to virtual learning means teachers need support--and even though they're virtual, eLearning coaches are stepping up to ensure instruction continues

eLearning became a household term in the spring of 2020 when the classrooms moved from schools to living rooms. Just as teachers have had to adapt the way they deliver instruction to their students, those of us who have the role of coaching them need to adapt the ways we support teachers in our new roles as eLearning coaches.

It is imperative that best teaching and coaching practices continue to be implemented even when instruction is being delivered remotely.

Here are 5 ideas eLearning coaches can use to ensure teachers don’t just survive in a distance learning environment, but thrive in it:

1. Model lessons: One of the best practices you can implement as an eLearning coach is to provide model lessons. You can talk about all the latest and greatest best practices in the classroom, but teachers need to see them in action. They need to be able to make their own observations of how that strategy, tool, etc. could be used to improve student learning.

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My favorite model lesson to lead is BreakoutEDU, a spin on the popular escape rooms that students cannot get enough of! They are so busy having fun solving clues that they don’t even realize they are practicing those necessary life skills of collaborating, communicating, and thinking critically. Because games are available in digital format, you can give the classroom teacher a break, take over a Zoom meeting, and model leading a game. Tip: Practice leading with a few friends or family members!

eLearning became a household term in the spring of 2020 when the classrooms moved from schools to living rooms. Just as teachers have had to adapt the way they deliver instruction to their students, those of us who have the role of coaching them need to adapt the ways we support teachers in our new roles as eLearning coaches.

It is imperative that best teaching and coaching practices continue to be implemented even when instruction is being delivered remotely.

Here are 5 ideas eLearning coaches can use to ensure teachers don’t just survive in a distance learning environment, but thrive in it:

1. Model lessons: One of the best practices you can implement as an eLearning coach is to provide model lessons. You can talk about all the latest and greatest best practices in the classroom, but teachers need to see them in action. They need to be able to make their own observations of how that strategy, tool, etc. could be used to improve student learning.

My favorite model lesson to lead is BreakoutEDU, a spin on the popular escape rooms that students cannot get enough of! They are so busy having fun solving clues that they don’t even realize they are practicing those necessary life skills of collaborating, communicating, and thinking critically. Because games are available in digital format, you can give the classroom teacher a break, take over a Zoom meeting, and model leading a game. Tip: Practice leading with a few friends or family members!

2. Use a learning management system: In order for eLearning to be successful, it must be organized. Many districts have adopted learning management systems such as Canvas or Schoology. Others have found Google Classroom to be effective. You can offer technology tips, resources, and even lead an online course remotely via whichever platform your district has adopted. It is powerful when teachers can experience them as a student so they can see how easy it is to deliver content remotely and in an organized way. I recently created a “Best of Discovery Education” course within Google Classroom that provided teachers an opportunity to learn about my favorite resource! Not only were they given the chance to participate in meaningful digital discussions, complete and submit assignments, but they were able to see an exemplar example of how to set up an online course.

3. Continue providing professional development: Although we might not be able to offer in-person workshops and professional development sessions, eLearning coaches can still share the content with teachers and other school staff. Video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Meet allow us to still host those helpful before and after school training sessions. I have found that this model may even be better than my in-person sessions because they can be recorded and participants can learn at a time that is convenient for them. Many educational technology tools have their own on-demand certification courses. After I completed several of the EdPuzzle Teacher Certifications I advertised and encouraged classroom teachers to do the same, offering to support them as they worked through the courses.
source: Read More, eSchool News

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