Navigating the New Flexible Teaching Techniques

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Lisa Alioto

24 March 2020 38 comments

With the Coronavirus living all around us, schools have quickly flexed to utilizing new teaching techniques to ensure that students continue to receive an education.  It’s been amazing to watch how quickly our schools and universities have flexed and seamlessly are already teaching their classes remotely.  So how do we flex to this new style?

Change Can Be Tough

I think first we must acknowledge that change can be tough for some people or all people at times.  So, if you find yourself struggling to adjust, please know that you are not alone. We are in this together!

Accepting the change is the often the first step to progressing with the change.  It doesn’t mean we have to agree that this is the best learning style for us, but rather simply acknowledge that it’s the learning style that we have for now.  So, let’s make the most of it.  Let’s not give this virus any more impact on our lives than it already has!

Making It Work For Us

Just as we all adjusted to University life in the beginning, now is a time for us to learn to adjust and make it work for us again.  One great benefit of this is that it replicates what we all experience in the working world.  Change within organizations can sometimes be fast and furious.  School is the perfect place to learn how to make adjustments on the fly and learn to go with the flow.

So, that said, how do you make it work for you?  Maybe you are someone that likes to work in study groups.   No need to despair – that’s still possible. With today’s technological advances, virtual studying can make this desire easily come to fruition.

Perhaps you are someone that learns from others questions within the classroom.   Many teachers are currently creating interactive virtual classrooms, so you just may be in luck!

Help Each Other

We all are reacting to these challenging times in our own unique ways. And with that, some are finding it easier than others.  Don’t forget to lend a helping hand to a fellow classmate, send a message of support if you know someone may be struggling, or check in on a friend.  We are in this together and together we will get through it.   University is doing such a great job bringing education to us; let’s make sure to check in with each other to ensure that no one is struggling with new technologies or learning methods.

How Are You Working Through This Change?

In this spirit, let’s continue to help each other by sharing in the comments what’s working for each other, what’s not working, and how we’ve found ways to help one another!

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38 thoughts on “Navigating the New Flexible Teaching Techniques

  1. Here’s to hoping all will be fine with my college student. ????

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Wishing you (and your college student) the very best Adrienne! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      1. I’ve taken a few online courses which weren’t too bad, but I definitely prefer learning in class. So I feel for anyone who has to do their learning at home right now, and I wish you all luck!

        1. Lisa Alioto

          I like to learn in class too – I learn so much from other people’s questions. (Probably ones I should have asked myself)

  2. I think some of the universities and secondary schools in the UK might be teaching remotely but that’s very much not the case with primary schools, unfortunately. Flora has a homepack of sheets and we are trying to juggle homeschooling with our own workloads so the next few months are going to be a challenge, haha!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Good luck with it all Lisa – stay safe! I think a bit of creativity (and laughter) is going to get us all through this!

  3. Charity says:

    I’m sure it is so hard for both students and teachers now. They pushed back school reopening here until May 15!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Agreed Charity! Everyone is doing an amazing job with these challenges. A big thank you goes to our students and teachers right now!

  4. My friend is in a teacher rotation to look after keyworkers children during the pandemic.

    I have no problem with being stuck at home, I just wish I didn’t live with people who’ve been informing all the advice, making my life extra difficult as we’re still in self-isolation from someone we live with falling ill and being told to self-isolate. Not that you’d know if from their total disregard for others safety from them.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That has to be incredibly frustrating Unwanted Life – I hope that things turn around and that you stay safe and healthy!

  5. I love this Lisa! Great tips! I love the acknowledgment that not everyone works the same, and we must make it work for ourselves. It’s important to find a system and schedule that works with our style, time, and patience! Learning a new schedule and system of things is most certainly difficult. We’ve gotten good with staggering schedules because I have 4 kids, all in different grades. One kid is independent, and the other 3 are more hands on. So it’s hard dividing myself between all of them. Homeschooling young kids in different age groups is harder than I ever imagined too! But we’ve found our strategy!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You have your hands full Nicole – I’m sure you are handling it with the utmost grace and style! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  6. It must be such a stressful time for all of the schools and universities trying to figure out how to do this, especially for some of the more practical subjects, it’s like learning to teach all over again. It must be so hard for everyone trying to adjust for everyone involved x

    Sophie

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I agree – it has to be an incredibly challenging experience for them all. I’m sure, I hope, there will be some great learnings that come from all of this that may improve programs in the long run.

  7. I think online lessons can really help when done right!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I completely agree Maria! Thanks for stopping by and caring!

  8. I’m a former homeschooler, but having my kids lives disrupted and then trying to get classwork done at home is far more difficult than homeschooling. The teachers at our school have been great.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is great to hear that the teachers have been wonderful – hat’s off to them! And to the parents working to fill the gaps! Thanks Sissy!

  9. Kimberlie says:

    I’m one of the teachers being affected by this and I must say I am proud of the way my colleagues have approached our move to online and distance learning approaches. I am fortunate to have been a teacher who loves and utilizes a lot of technology, so with my own students the transition has been easier. You are right during this time we need to work together.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you for the great work that you do Kimberlie! I’m glad to hear that things are working well for you.

  10. These are really helpful tips. Being able to adjust is definitely important in the working world.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Definitely a time to learn great new skills both at school and for the workforce Kimberley – I agree!

  11. In India the final exams were scheduled this March which never happened due to this virus. Hope all the virus thing gets to end peacefully.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I do too Nisha – wishing good health to all!

  12. It’s a great idea to keep learning even though schools and universities are closed. However it’s challenging for us in Africa because of the digital divide we faced.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      So sorry to hear that “Being Yourself” – hopefully some additional resources will come along to bring the gap. Wishing you well!

  13. Change is really difficult to adjust to, but it is constant.
    I don’t know about you but I’m already bored.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’m a bit bored but finding some great ideas within these blog articles to keep me busy! 🙂 Stay safe Favour – and wishing you well

  14. I agree with you Lisa, people who can adapt change quickly wouldn’t have a hard time in these sad times. But hope this one will be over and we can enjoy the Spring and the flowers that bloom this season. Keep safe!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I hope that it’s over soon too April – wishing you well! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Jojo Reyes Jr. says:

    This is one of the signs of the times and we need to adapt to changes around us, including the learning and teaching methodologies in our school systems.

  16. Lisa Alioto

    Absolutely Jojo! Thanks for sharing your insights – completely agree!

  17. Thanks to technology, we can quickly adapt to education online. But it can be hard for professors who are on the older side who are not well adapted to using technology. We need to do our best to adapt and be agile. This is how we can still transition smoothly and keep things running as the norm. Otherwise, if this happened decades ago, people can’t receive the same level of education!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  18. Lisa Alioto

    All so very true Nancy! Thank you for sharing your insightful comments!

  19. What a great post! I was just talking about this with my daughter, who is a senior in high school. We were talking about how tough it is for the teachers to miss that physical connection with their students.

  20. Lisa Alioto

    That’s a great point Grace -that physical connect is key – to literally see those “light bulb” moments in a student’s eyes.

  21. I love taking online courses. In fact, I enrolled in so many last month and enjoyed it so much. They are self-paced, so I don’t have to rush. I can take my time, and not compete with another “student.” Of course, physical connection is still important. But with our situation now, it’s hardly possible.

  22. Lisa Alioto

    That’s fabulous Cherrie that you’ve made this new situation work so great for you and that you are making the most of the online courses! Success!!

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