As we all know, Covid-19 launched millions of teachers into the challenge of teaching online with only days' notice. Teachers were tasked with managing cameras, whiteboards, microphones, new software platforms on top of the incredibly complex task of teaching.
What most people don't know: high-quality, research-based online teaching has its own particular set of skills and expectations, and most resources are directed at college-level instructors. It's not simply teaching with video-conferencing.
This no-nonsense handbook is for that busy classroom teacher, with clear techniques for planning, instruction, and assessment, as well as sections on teaching students with diverse needs.
Based on the author's 20 years of experience as an online teacher skilled in all content areas K-12, there are multiple examples including sample assignments across content areas, rubrics for grading, and sample scripts for parent contact. The Teaching Online Handbook has loads of practical advice to keep the workload manageable and teach live most effectively.
About the Author
Courtney Ostaff has been teaching online since 1999. With a wide variety of experience as a public school special education teacher, an in-home early intervention specialist, a community college algebra instructor, and a homeschooler, she has worked with students ranging from the very young to the elderly.
Along the way, she has developed practices and techniques for making the most of the online classroom. Currently, she teaches math, science, and social studies at an online learning services provider, working with secondary students worldwide.
Listen to Courtney's podcast on Spotify.