Plan engaging content for online teaching: successful teaching experiences
When thinking about content and student engagement, you should:
- Make sure that the chosen content is in line with the expectations you shared with students.
- Ensure that most students can do the work independently after your explanations. At the same time, it should be complex enough to maintain engagement.
- Ensure that content is meaningful to the students, reflecting their interests and questions about the world.
- Scaffold activities and break tasks into smaller bites.
- Make sure your students will practise or apply the skill within a short time in a meaningful context.
- Make sure students are active participants.
- Combine audio instructions and visuals. Especially important in an ESL class.
- Foster collaboration and group learning. It’s harder to quit on your friends than on the teacher.
- Check for understanding frequently.
- Include physical activity:
- use active songs available online (GoNoodle)
- play games in which they need to find objects (Find a red object)
- play “Simon Says”
Let’s hear teachers talking about the way they plan engaging content for their students.
Rebeca Zenovia Piscanu, Cycle 1 ESL teacher, CS Marie-Victorin (2 min 7 s)
Mathieu Courtemanche, ESL teacher, CS de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles (2 min 11 s)
Angelika Bacher, Intensive ESL teacher, CS Chemin-du-Roy and Pascale Pellerin, Intensive ESL teacher, CS de Montréal (5 min 38 s)