The Mindful Online Teacher

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. 

Keynote Presentation: The Mindful Online Teacher

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.

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