Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
Raise your hand if you went to college to major in virtual education. Anyone? No, didn’t think so.
In this episode, I want to chat about ways that you can make learning fun, even if you’re teaching virtually. In fact, I’m going to be sharing seven different ways to make virtual learning more fun for your students.
None of us really went to school and trained for this, but at a moment’s notice we all became online teachers, and many teachers are now teaching online AND in person, which is just crazy!
So now you’re figuring out how to get into staff meetings on Zoom, trying to learn new technology, and frankly just trying to get your kids to use the mute and unmute button properly. It’s exhausting! And yet, you still want it to be fun for your students. You don’t want to do the bare minimum. You don’t want your virtual classroom to be boring. You want it to be engaging!
My team got together and we brainstormed some ways that you can make this whole virtual education thing more fun– and in a way that isn’t overwhelming!
Let’s talk about seven different (and easy) ways to make virtual learning more fun for your students. Oh- and for you too!
Episode 74 Takeaways:
- Keep your virtual classroom engaging by using centers.
- Use book clubs.
- Go on virtual field trips.
- Consider adding lunch clubs to your virtual classroom.
- Change the location of your virtual classroom.
- Use music to keep students engaged.
- Don’t be afraid to mix in some nonacademic activities.
I hope that some of these ideas got you thinking about ways that you could continue to make your virtual classroom even more fun. I want you to know that I am so amazed by what you are doing. You are learning so many new things, jumping in, and just doing the best that you possibly can for your students, even though there’s a lot of pressure.
I want you to pat yourself on the back and remember that you won’t be perfect, your classroom won’t be perfect, but you love your students and that’s more than enough.
I’d love to know what other ideas you come up with, so head over to our Instagram @notsowimpyteacher to share those with me!