Teaching online is a big challenge, even for the most seasoned of teachers. But maintaining this format for many months is a massive strain on all involved. TES has come up, with the help of some teachers and a behavioural psychology expert, with some recommendations to make this task just a little bit easier. 

  • “use centralised communications. (website, letters and video messages) to remind them of where to find the work, and give suggestions for practical support, like login details
  • keep things short and sharp, so children get time to see, talk and do every lesson
  • mimic the usual school routines as closely as possible: lesson starts with a register that shows if students have attended; use usual behaviour platform to flag any incomplete work, which sends an automatic notification to the parent, form tutor and head of year
  • Encouragement and rewards are a big part:, when children are isolated on the other side of a computer screen, it’s easy for them to feel unnoticed
  • Emphasise how the majority of students are complying with instructions. When people think other people are complying, they’re more likely to use teachers to create reading videos (primary) as children loved seeing their teachers on screen reading them stories”