In my posts last week, I provided a continuum of teaching and learning that ranges from textbook enhanced to technology enhanced to web enhanced to blended and then, online. I maintain that it is difficult to be an effective blended learning teacher if one has not first been an online teacher because online teaching and learning is different than face-to-face teaching and learning. Today, here are some excellent “day in the life” and narratives from online teachers.
First, Kristin Kipp was the 2011 Online Teacher of the Year. She writes an ongoing blog about her experiences as an online teacher. In one recent blogpost, she addressed how those unfamiliar with online teaching think that online teaching is all about “busy work“. Another post discussed how “synchronous online sessions” are similar and different from face-to-face teaching. Her video about being an online teacher is one of the best ways to understand the work of an online teacher.
Many articles have been written by online teachers about their typical day. Here are a few:
- Karen Faucett teaches middle school students at Florida Virtual School and describes her typical day teaching online.
- Rian Meadows who teaches online economics discusses the one-to-one connections with students online.
- Jill from VHS, Inc. discovered the unique possibilities teaching online can provide.
- Michelle, who teaches online statistics shares the “10 Things I’ve learned about online teaching“
- A more extensive paper describes the “Tips and Tricks” of teaching online from Kaye Shelton and George Saltsman