Challenges and Mistakes
Our first-day teaching with distance surprises us with new challenges. Below are challenges we experience or shared by other teachers from their first day of teaching with distance learning.
- Video lagging: Either you are using Zoom, Google Meet, or other platforms, we all experience lagging. When we have one or more users have their video and audio on, the lagging becomes more obvious. Sometimes, it almost impossible to hear my students’ questions. Likewise, most of your students also experience similar lagging when they are presenting and explaining to them.
- Clarify live sessions norms. We emphasize the main reason for the norms is to promote a positive and safe learning environment. For example, we ask students to turn on their cameras at the beginning for attendance purposes and their privacy safety.
- We did not focus on teaching the content on the first day. Instead, we focus on making sure all students can log in to our Learning Management System website. We make that all students know how to login to the website using their Google account. If there any students who struggle with the process, we have the students share their screen so we can guide them step by step. This is an excellent opportunity for other students to learn. In the end, we have 100% of students registered and logged in to the Learning Management System website.
- I also teach AP chemistry this year. When schools closed in early March, I had my future AP chemistry students enrolled and logged in my AP Chemistry courses to complete their summer assignments. The assignment includes over 500 questions that cover all content from honor chemistry. Over 90% of my AP students finished the summer assignment over the summer. Likewise, the students who did not complete email me to ask for permission to complete later because they had emergency problems during summer. With a few clicks, I provide all students with appropriate accommodation and support. Below are the AP Chemistry assignments.