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Straw poll - online teaching(18 Posts)
After reading the many, many threads and posts complaining about the fact that’s is so unfair little Cressida at her £10k/term private school is getting Zoom lessons when state schools pupils are not, I am interested to know how many of you at state schools (and, indeed, private schools) are offering online teaching?
Leaving aside Union advice not to/the rights and wrongs of doing so, is anyone providing an online timetable? I work across 3 schools (pretty obvious who I work for!) and we are putting on “proper” school days for Y10 and Y12, following their school timetable except with slightly shorter lessons and a slightly longer break and lunch. Various safeguarding measures in place (again, I know there is an argument here about the effectiveness). Online platforms for younger years.
There's a thread further down that might interest you.
Primary here, year 3 and 4. I'm providing 5 online lessons via White Rose (which isn't me, obv) for maths, 5 lessons a week for English (combo of reading and writing), which I record as a screen and webcam video, then a few science or history or geography lessons in amongst that - again, I record those. I'm also reading them a story via video, and do some support lessons for those to help them understand a story line or context. I teach a lot of EAL children.
The hot tips for online teaching one? I should have done a better job of looking before starting a new thread! Oh well 😬
Private here, 3 online classes a week plus intervention groups online for those who need it.
Sorry those are our live lessons. Every day also pre-recorded videos and resources.
Private secondary, teaching full timetable, start each lesson using teams (audio only no video) then the students move over to OneNote to complete their work. This has embedded videos and science simulations and self marking quizzes. I stay in the call in case anyone has any questions. Then need to check everyone has done the work and log anyone who was missing/ not completed. House parents then does the chasing,
It has been exhausting but I don’t have as full a timetable as state and year 11 are away. Plus smaller class sizes so marking/ checking takes less time. We have had a few tech issues but on the whole that has settled now.
Private secondary here - one online lesson per class per week (voice/screen share only), the rest is work set and I’m available on forums / email during their timetabled lessons. I’m marking one piece of work for each class each week, the rest is self assessed. I do worked examples using Educreations when I think they need help (I have a school-issued iPad). I’m also doing zoom registration period once per week. Our school is nowhere near £10k per term though.
I'm in Melbourne in a government school, and all students bring their own laptops, and have done for about three years.
After the government stopped funding laptops in schools.
All teachers are provided with a laptop by the government.
80-100% of my lessons are taught live on Teams. Any "untaught" lessons are students doing significant assignments so in that sense I don't set homework for after the lesson. All written work is marked and loaded up to the central system so parents can see it. When not teaching live I'm in front my screen for that class to see messages coming in via Teams.
State secondary - same number of lessons as normal timetable. Not live - recorded talking powerpoint followed by multiple choice quiz. 2/3 questions/tasks given each lesson (submitted on onenote). 6 mark exam question every two weeks (marked, takes much longer remotely)
Planning takes much longer too. Only sustainable as I had 5 exam classes (half my timetable) which don't need work anymore now the grades are done. Would be doing longer hours than normal if this wasn't the case.
Full on - online teaching using Teams. (first year private - old state school has asked me to return OMG!) Anyway, the Teams latest giggle is the 'raise hand' button so I have spent a lot of time this week 'un-raising' hands.
Lessons are recorded as well.
I am tired - the students are tired. Some now being excused from lessons by parents as the student is exhausted from too much screen time and basically sitting down in the same place all day.
We are in a competitive area, academically, and it I feel as though I am a cog in an arms race
OP are you only counting live video style teaching as online teaching? If so, why?
It leads to some parents saying "we're getting hi teaching at all" when there are in fact detailed pieces of work and feedback being posted using google classroom, teams or whatever.
Personally I teach 1:1 lessons and small group support in a private prep school. I am teaching a mixture of 15 and 30 minute lessons on Zoom. Class/ subject specialist teachers are teaching a mix of ‘live’and pre-recorded Lessons and also using resources such as white Rose for Maths. Form time and assemblies also being done with Zoom.
Independent secondary here: teaching full timetable live via Teams apart from the fact that lessons are slightly shorter and we have dropped Saturday lessons.
Homework set and marked (via Teams) as normal. We're continuing with the curriculum and expect to be more or less where we would have expected to be in September had the pandemic not happened. Some courses with practicals/ field trips, etc have had to be restructured though.
Independent secondary here, teaching all my lessons live, audio not video.
I teach post-16 in a specialist setting. I've done full days every day since lockdown started (except Easter Hols) on zoom. It's exhausting but I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way.
State secondary here. Students all follow a new timetable with three lessons per day. We post tasks on our VLE where students can also send us emails. We are in an exceptionally deprived area of the country and currently 40% of our cohorts are pupil premium. We currently have 40 kids on the list with no access to Internet whatsoever and a large number who are all using a parent's phone/their own data capped phone to do work with no access to a computer. I currently don't mark any work because not a single student of mine is submitting anything 🙄. It would be unrealistic to offer live lessons.
We are in a deprived area. Have been told not to teach too much new content as a lot of kids don't have the means to access it. We sent a lot of laptops home with kids but ran out fast. We've also been told to be aware where families to have computers they are being shared by siblings and parents etc. Parents were polled and as a result we had to reduce the amount of work we were setting and were told no live teaching. Our kids are being disadvantaged, but we have a very high BAME proportion so the families appear to also be higher risk
State secondary p/t and state primary 2 afternoons/week.
Secondary students are following their normal timetables with lesson content on Teams. 2 formally assessed pieces of work per subject per half term. I set work as early as I can on the morning of the day of their normal lesson. Before lockdown, we asked all kids about their access to online learning. One of my tutor group has no phone or computer (parental choice) so they were given textbooks to take home.
Primary uses Google classroom. Teachers are setting daily Maths, English and topic work along with some fun activities. I set a music one once per week. I also go in once per week to supervise the vulnerable & key worker children.
I do a bit of instrumental teaching too. 3 students use Teams video, the other prefers Zoom. I have also done 2 Teams video chats with my tutor group which was fun and received good feedback from them & their parents.
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