Hey graduate, is online teaching right for you? Featuring Allison Keefe
Updated: May 26
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 postbaccalaureate 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
Speech to text
Visual content displayed
Reduced answer choice
Extended time on assignment/test
UDL best practices with engagement, representation, and motivation.
Structure and routine are important
Edtech that you love to use
Learning management system
Google Suite (docs, forms, spreadsheets)collaborate and connect with students
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
Talk with each student individually - encourage them daily.
Advice for teachers looking to get into the online learning space
Find out which technology tool that the school is using
Do research on the school
Learn about the edtech tool and get a free trial if you can
Use tech as a tool of connection (how are you going to use edtech to build relationships?)
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Connect with Allison
Twitter @Allison K teaches - Allison Keefe
Cyber sisters podcast - A podcast where Emily and Allison check out edtech tools that edtech coaches use in traditional learning spaces and how they can be used to support students in an online space.