A few months ago, I gave a keynote presentation at a conference for K-12 online teaching organized by my home institution, Millersville University. Since I had forty five minutes in the limelight, I used the presentation to highlight some principles for “mindful online teaching” that I had identified through my work with different teachers and districts locally and nationally. These mindful online teaching practices include:
- Lead with empathy.
- Build community.
- Foster control & maximize value.
- Reduce entropy.
- Be a trim tab.
As schools take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, many are re-evaluating their delivery systems in the wake of increased COVID infections. Some schools have decided to forgo face-to-face instruction and move to more online modes of delivery. With this pivot to online delivery, I thought it would be good to share the keynote here.
Feel free to share the video with your colleagues. My hope is that it offers some ideas for making the online learning environment a more supportive space for students amidst some really challenging times.