3 Tricks to Avoid Common Classroom Issues

Let’s be honest, all of us have at one time or another run into a little hiccup that disrupts our classroom! My name is Megan and I have been teaching online for almost 3 years now, so you can say that I’ve had my fair share of interesting classes!

What advanced preparation can help us to avoid class problems? And what can we do when we find ourselves amid an awkward class interruption?

Here are some of the tips that have helped me!

Don’t rush into the classroom

If you are a morning person, then you probably don’t mind spending extra time in the morning getting important tasks done.
I personally love hitting that snooze button as many times as possible!
But when it is a morning that I have a class, I always allow myself enough time before class starts to deal with any potential issues. Doing a pre-class equipment check is a vital way to ensure that your class runs smoothly! Your demeanor will also be calmer and in control, if you’ve done another brief class review right before class time.

Because I am a bit groggy in the morning, I have prepared a little check-list to make sure that I have done everything I need to do to be the most prepared for class. That has been a life-saver when I am trying to get set up but my coffee hasn’t kicked in yet!

Be ready for anything

Even if things don’t go 100% perfectly during our class, our students may not even notice if we can handle the situation quickly and effectively. To avoid that panicked feeling of “oh no, what should I do?!” during class, make sure that you have what you need to deal with any problems. For example, keep a folder on your computer desktop handy that contains the company policy for things such as student absence, tech issues, etc.
Make sure that your phone is near you in case you need to reach out to staff but your computer goes haywire. And for student issues, keep some cute props (food and animal props are a real winner here!) to help encourage students that are shy, unresponsive or in a bad mood.  If you have a plan and the tools that you need, you will save yourself a lot of stress.

Just keep smiling

Even if you are the best teacher in the history of online teachers, you will face some class disruptions. When that happens, make sure that you keep your sense of humor!
If you are sighing, frowning in concentration or your tone of voice becomes discouraged, the students will stop enjoying the class and may become confused or disheartened. By having a smile and light, unaffected tone of voice, you will reassure the student and keep the class mood fun and light-hearted.

Being an online teacher is full of fun and wonderful experiences, and with these tips, you will be prepared for even some of the more not-so-expected classroom experiences!

Happy teaching!

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