Models of teaching

How to structure teaching from home including daily and weekly structures, and online and offline activities.

Whether you run learning from home online, with hard copies, or some combination of the two will depend on:

  • your school's readiness
  • student access to devices and the internet.

General guidelines

Expecting that students follow a standard school timetable does not account for the differences in learning from home:

  • the school timetable accounts for time to set up, pack away and move between classes
  • parents and other children may need to use devices or rooms at different times of the day
  • parents and carers of younger students may have to fit helping their children in around their own schedule.

If you cannot guarantee that students can be online at specific times but still want to run live lessons, consider making a pre-recording for students who won’t be able to join in.

You could give students a choice of times to check in during the day, or run several short optional check-in sessions.

Design any work that must be submitted to allow for flexibility as well. There should be no consequences for students who are submitting work outside normal school hours.

Even if you are delivering learning online, you should aim to provide a balance of online and offline learning activities for your students for several reasons:

  • some parents will need to schedule their child’s learning at times that will work with their own needs
  • students will complete work at different speeds and require varying levels of support
  • presenting learning in different ways will help students stay engaged in their work through the day
  • giving students choice in how they work will let them choose the way that best fits their circumstances.

Structure the week

  • Daily model - guidelines when planning a daily timetable for students.
  • 5-day cycle - an example of a one-week cycle of remote learning and teaching, focusing on the teacher objectives for each day. The cycle can begin and end on any day of the week. If you are brand new to this kind of teaching, reduce the scope of your program until you and your students have adapted.

Use the digital learning selector to find tools and platforms that can help you at every stage.

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