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Tips for Teaching Online (from someone with 9 years of experience)

1. Stick to a few good tools rather than lots of tools. It makes it easier for the kids and parents to focus on content instead of learning a new medium.
2. Don’t reinvent the wheel. There are lots of good resources out there. If something is already done well, use it rather than recreating it.
3. Plan times to meet with students. At my school we post daily office hours so our students know when they can video chat with us. I know my son loves when he gets to see his teacher and peers.
4. Plan times to be unavailable. I love how quickly my son's teacher has been responding — but working from home can turn into working nonstop. There’s at least another month and change of this to go. Teachers will burn out if they don’t set limits on availability.