What a term! From classroom teaching like ‘normal’, to remote teaching from home (or doing both!), to heading back to the classroom again – it’s been a juggle of learning new skills and adapting to this unique time. And then, just when you were getting into the swing of online learning, many of you have suddenly returned (or will shortly) to face-to-face teaching. One thing we won’t say about 2020 is that it was dull!
Amidst this craziness, you have learnt so much about teaching writing in an online environment. But guess what, these online skills you’ve developed don’t have to go to waste!
We’ve thought of 6 ways to bring your online teaching skills back into the classroom:
1. Lockdown recounts
Students will have lots to tell you when they get back. If you haven’t done so already, use our lockdown recount template to help students show, rather than tell you what they have been up to.
2. Progress students’ computer skills with our editable templates
Your students’ computer skills will have come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of months. Keep building on this by using our Seven Steps Online editable templates in the classroom.
Not a Seven Steps Online member? For access to all of these templates and other Seven Steps Online resources, become a member today!
3. Use technology and multimedia in your writing lessons
You and your students will be much more comfortable using technology. Here are some suggestions on how to use the magic of technology and multimedia to teach each of the Seven Steps.
Using different apps and software can be a great way to incorporate digital technology into the classroom. We’ve suggested one for each Step along with fun and engaging activity ideas.
Who said writing has to involve pens and paper? Students love multimedia texts such as YouTube clips, advertisements, movies and music. Here are some ideas on how to use these texts to teach the Seven Steps.
4. Keep using your online teaching platform
Students and their parents are now used to submitting work electronically, so how about setting some homework tasks using your preferred online teaching platform? Our visual Writing Prompts are a great stimulus for independent writing.
Here’s a selection of our free Writing Prompts:
If you’re a Seven Steps Online member, there’s a lesson plan and activity to go with each prompt in the resource library. Even better, your membership gives you permission to upload the activity template to your online teaching platform!
5. Create lessons with the customisable PowerPoint template
Our editable PowerPoint template was created to help our Seven Steps Online members create and deliver writing lessons online. But, you can use this just as easily in the classroom.
6. Track your students’ success
You will want to figure out where students are at after this lengthy time away from the classroom. Our Track Your Success resources, for Seven Steps Online members, can help you identify how students have progressed and what to focus on next.
Good luck with the transition back to school. Seeing those smiling faces as you enter the classroom will be very rewarding, we’re sure. Your students will realise how much they’ve missed you and their friends. And their parents will probably be just as thankful to be handing them back after months of homeschooling.
At least there’s a silver lining – a new appreciation for teachers!
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