Since the Coronavirus became global, more and more therapists and teachers have started working online. After working in online settings since 2009 - back when screen sharing didn't even exist! - we have lots of tips and tricks for you to try.
1. Think outside of the box!
Most computers are mobile, so you can teach in the kitchen, on the living room floor, out in the garden...etc. Do a baking activity, make playdough, do yoga...the possibilities are limitless.
You don't have to sit at a desk the whole time, and if you are working with small children, they need to move! Get up, do the hokey pokey, ask kids to find something blue and bring it back to describe to you, give yourselves a squeeze and wiggle a little.
3. Use online resources!
This one is important. I can't tell you how many therapists and teachers I've seen on Facebook or in discussions who suggest using flash cards and word documents...how boring!! I understand once in a while you may need to use those things, but then at least make it interactive.
The web is full of online games and activities that target your teaching goals, google them! If you have to use flash cards, see if you can find some online and share your screen.
4. Interaction increases attention!
Try to include as much interaction as possible. Share the mouse, encourage discussions in the chat box (that are appropriate), have students write something on their word doc and then share it...etc. Don't let them just fall asleep while you are holding up flashcards to the webcam!
5. Have fun!
Teaching and providing therapy virtually can be so much fun! Think of the computer as a tool that can help you make your lessons fun and engaging :)
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