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Hey graduate, is online teaching right for you? Featuring Allison Keefe

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

Welcome back to another episode of the EduMagic Podcast. Today I have with me Allison Keefe who is a 7th grade English teacher at Agora Charter school. She also the co-host of the cyber sisters podcast, and a KTI star from 2019. Today she is going to share what online teaching really is, how she gets to know her students behind the screen, and how you a teacher candidate can stand out for an online teaching position. So, let's get this party started!




Allison's teaching story
  • Graduated with a degree in English literature

  • Acquired a post baccalaureate degree in education

  • She got a degree in her subject area and in education

  • She never thought she would be teaching online, she has now been an online teacher for 8 years

What is online teaching?
  • Traditional and online learning are more alike than different

  • Asynchronous - Students move at their own pace. Teachers are still teaching live and meeting students where they are in their journey.

  • Synchronous - Learning experience that is live and all together. Students and teachers are learning together at the same time.

  • Use technology to connect and build relationships

What does an ordinary day look like for an online teacher?
  • There is a lot of contact with students between classes

  • Create content, materials, digital content

  • Classes throughout the morning and MTSS

  • Meetings include PLCs and data collection/reflection


Adapt instruction
  • Speech to text

  • Screen readers

  • Visual content displayed

  • Reduced answer choice

  • Extended time on assignment/test

  • UDL best practices with engagement, representation, and motivation.

  • Structure and routine are important

  • Space to manage emotions like a digital break room


Edtech that you love to use

Classroom management and getting to know students in an online space
  • Engage students using technology

  • Teach digital etiquette and empathy

  • Teach digital literacy

  • Tell them overtly - let's take a breath and get ready for class today

  • Keep notes on students (birthdays and special events etc.)

  • Use tech as a way to connect not just pedagogy

  • Build-in 5 minutes at the beginning and end of the day for students to just chat and share.

  • Students share pictures throughout the week