A Transition From Teaching Face to Face to Teaching Online

I have been a grade 4 teacher for five years now and during this time have found myself teaching more in the traditional sense of using paper, pencils, booklets to deliver material and help students gain a strong understanding of the outcomes. More recently I have begun using iPads and Chromebooks more regularly in the classroom with my students. However, a typical day in the life of teaching has significantly changed now that teaching and learning is taking place at home, online, via the internet.

iPad

“iPad” by Yagan Kiely is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

I find myself missing the face to face social and emotional connections that are made between teacher and students. Rather than welcoming students each day with a morning greeting and a handshake, I have transitioned to meeting with the students a few times a week over google meet. Students generally arrive to the google meets excited with enthusiasm. These meets replace our face to face and direct instruction time. To assist with learning online, I rely heavily on the google classroom platform as well as the Seesaw app to send assignments out to students.

I find myself sending and receiving a lot of emails each day, from parents, students and other teachers. I have found myself on a learning curve of being submerged in the use of constant technology. Part of my job now is to be a troubleshooter in technology when my students or their parents are having difficulty accessing material or using apps. This “new normal” has challenged me to find new ways of teaching and to continually look for new apps and online platforms that will best assist students with their learning. I feel a bit like a student myself nowadays. I recently learned about some other valuable teaching apps including Flipgrid, Desmos, Quizzizz and Mentimeter. I look forward to trying these apps out with my students in the future.

I do feel that this new challenge will help me when we return to the classroom once again. I think the new knowledge I have gained about technology and different apps at this time will prove very useful in keeping my students engaged in the classroom and online in the future.

5 thoughts on “A Transition From Teaching Face to Face to Teaching Online”

  1. Well I guess sometimes that necessity is the mother of invention and it really looks like that’s true from reading your blog. I like with you I had to share is definitely obvious you’re doing the best you can. It’s amazing all the tools that you’re learning and it’s amazing how you’re becoming a troubleshooter. Your knowledge of technology is growing to a different level. You hard work will serve you well in the future no matter what our future looks so keep up the good work and thank you for sharing.

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  2. Hi Alyssa. We took a class together last summer EC&I 804 with Twyla. It was nice to see a familiar face in this class. I absolutely agree with you on using this time to learn as much as we can about educational technology because no matter what the classroom looks like in the future, these skills will be a part of it, whether in-person or online. I hope that our teachers are taking the time to build their confidence and embrace the possibilities of technology like you are!

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  3. Great post Alyssa. I feel a lot of the same feelings as you do. I also feel as if I am also a student in my grade 6 class having to learn new ways of reaching my students and keeping them engaged. As you said, I know I will ‘eventually’ return to the traditional classroom a much better teacher than when I left as this new knowledge will follow me into the classroom.

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  4. Hey Alyssa, I love that you are meeting synchronously with your students as well as your other LMS. I also teach grade 4(5) and I find our weekly Skype Meetings to truly be my favourite part of the week. I too miss the connections with my students, and although it is not the same I have started to follow my “Morning Meeting” culturally responsive model for our Skype sessions, and it’s really facilitated some meaningful convesations!

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