Teaching Virtual Learning Expectations

As we made the shift to virtual learning right before the start of the school year, we all found ourselves making last-minute shifts in lesson plans, me included! I went from planning to teach safety and flexibility in the classroom to planning for teaching virtual learning expectations and being flexible learning from home! I’m reviewing this information during the first week of instruction after the teachers have introduced it during our orientation days prior to instruction starts. Keep reading to see how we’ll cover the virtual learning norms:

Teaching virtual learning expectations? You'll love this cute book and fun activity! Do the game live  during synchronous learning!

Teaching Virtual Learning Expectations

Book for Virtual Learning Expectations:

I am huge fan of all of Diane Alber’s Little Spot books, and A Little Spot Learns Online is perfect for this virtual back to school season! It covers some live virtual learning norms in easy to understand language and keeps the tone positive for being flexible. Some of the norms included are:

  • Be dressed for your video call
  • Have your materials close by
  • Sit comfortably
  • Eliminate distractions (like TV, pets, toys)
  • Go the bathroom and eat before your call
  • Follow your teacher’s rules for the call

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Live Review Activity:

After reading A Little Spot Learns from Home, I’m going to do a quick PowerPoint review activity. I’ll share my screen with students and show images 2 students. My students will tell me which student is ready to learn! Then, we’ll talk about why this student is ready to learn and why the other student isn’t quite ready to learn yet.

Teaching virtual learning expectations? You'll love this cute book and fun activity! Do the game live  during synchronous learning!

Independent Review Activity:

For a little extra independent practice or review for any students who may not have been able to be present during the live instruction, I have a quick and easy Google Slides activity for them to complete. I’ll push this out via Google Classroom. Students will look at the 2 student images, drag and drop the image of the student who is ready to learn, and then type responses to explain their answers. This will just be an easy way for me to check in and make sure the expectations were clear and do any follow up that I may need for reteaching.

Teaching virtual learning expectations? You'll love this cute book and fun activity! Do the game live  during synchronous learning!

While we are all being as flexible and accommodating as possible for all of our students and understand that live or synchronous learning is not always feasible or equitable for our students, teaching virtual learning expectations is still an important part of our learning! We teach behavior expectations and classroom norms in person, and helping our students understand the social constructs related to teleworking will give them important skills for now and the future!

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