Many K-12 students (particularly high schoolers) now experience formal education exclusively in the form of online classes. For others, completing a few online classes before their traditional high school graduation is a requirement. Not surprisingly, controversy surrounds the topic of online learning’s effectiveness. But ready or not, here it comes. As more states and districts make the big jump into online education, many teachers are going along for the ride.
Even if you’re a seasoned educator, teaching online can present an entirely new set of challenges and rewards. If you are considering jumping into the online teaching ring, preparation will be key. Below are some links to sites that offer solid advice about strategies for teaching successfully online.
– Writing at The Journal, veteran online instructor Richard Rose offers words of wisdom to his college students, many of whom hope to become online K-12 teachers.
— Edutopia offers information on becoming a high-quality online instructor, as well as sample lesson plans from real K-12 online courses.
— Any classroom teacher can tell you that they wear many hats throughout the day. The same is true of online teachers. Faculty Focus discusses the roles specific to online educators. Although this piece is written with a bend towards higher ed, the concepts translate well for education at any level.
— Watch A Day in the Life of a great online teacher, Kristin Kipp. She was the National Online Teacher of the Year in 2010.
If you have experience as an online instructor, please share your tips and insights in the comments section below.