Teaching Remotely With Video: Middle and High School

Last Updated March 25th, 2020

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There’s a level of uncertainty that comes with a crisis. And in response, precautions are taken to ensure safety. For you, as an educator, that might mean school closures that lead to teaching remotely for the foreseeable future.

This is probably completely out of your element. You’re used to teaching in a classroom, not through a webcam.

It’s already difficult to keep middle and high schoolers engaged (and off their phones) when they’re physically in class. At home, there’s no way to monitor or prevent that.

So, how do you overcome this educational hurdle as you teach remotely? By using video.

Video allows you to keep teaching your students face to face, even while distance learning is in effect. It helps you bring the humor and personality needed to keep preteens and teenagers interested in their studies.

Because your classroom isn’t what makes you a good teacher, you are.

Teaching with video might be out of your comfort zone, but it’s a lot more simple than you think. In fact, many of your fellow middle and high school educators are already implementing it in their remote teaching.

Want to learn how to do the same? Check out our tips in the video and blog post below…

Share Recorded Lessons With Students

Limited technological accessibility can lead to students struggling. And the reality is that many households have multiple children and can’t afford to have multiple computers, laptops or other electronic devices for all their kids to work on at the same time.

If your students are sharing a computer or tablet with their siblings, they might miss your live video conference lessons on Zoom.

This is important to keep in mind when you’re teaching remotely. Make your virtual lessons more accessible to your entire class by sending them recorded video lessons.

Give them all the same remote learning opportunities. That way they can all watch your instructional videos when there’s an electronic device open for them to use.

And remember, your lessons don’t have to be boring or dull. Get creative and make your video lessons funny and relatable to the dynamic age group you’re teaching.

If you’re working on a science project, channel your inner Bill Nye and demonstrate the experiment on camera for them to try at home. Or for theater, open up your class lesson by dramatically acting out a funny scene from a Shakespearean comedy, like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Michael, a middle and high school History, Computer, Logic, and Bible teacher, sends out recordings of all of his lessons for his students to review on their own time. See him teaching with video in the following example…

 

He uses a screen recorder, so his students can still see him as he presents his lesson slides.

Michael is able tobring great energy and enthusiasm to his remote teaching by being on camera. That’s what keeps his students interested in what he has to say.

Use Video to Explain Concepts and Maintain Connections With Your Students

When you’re teaching remotely, text-only emails can get lost in translation. Assignments get overwhelming without face-to-face direction, and more questions will need to be answered for complex class concepts.

Keep the lines of communication open with your students via video. Send videos with an in-depth explanation of their assignments and projects. Outline the expectations you have for work that is to be turned in.

Record video class announcements to post on the online teaching medium you use, like Google Classroom or Schoology.

Take the time to answer their questions on difficult concepts “in person” on camera. And if you notice that a lot of your students are having trouble with the same thing, you can make in-depth videos further explaining the concepts to send to all of them at once.

See Michael’s video below in which he shares class announcements, and goes over the schedule for lessons and assignments…

 

Provide Constructive Feedback to Helps Students Thrive

Students depend on your feedback to improve academic performance and thrive, especially as you’re teaching remotely. Offer constructive feedback for improvement in their assignments, projects, and overall academic performance.

Give them the guidance necessary with the clarity and tonality they need to really understand what is needed to take their work to the next level.

You can do this by going through writing assignments paragraph by paragraph, and outlining what is good and what could use improvement. This is especially important for college entrance essays or personal statements for high school seniors.

Additionally, you can reach out to students who didn’t do too well on exams, and go over their assignment grades with them. Go over the test questions they struggled with, and welcome any additional questions they have.

Show your students you’re here for them and want them to succeed as they’re learning remote.

Stay in Contact With Parents

Parents need to be informed, and remote learning makes that hard. There are so many apps and tools out there for their kids to learn at home. They may not know where to start.

But if they receive a video in their inbox, it’s one less app they need to download. They just click play, and that’s it.

Email them videos to share important information and dates, class announcements and expectations, etc. Send them one-to-one video messages about their child’s progress in school and missing assignments needed for a solid final grade.

Offer them encouragement as they work with you to ensure their kids are still getting a quality education at home. Set them up for success, and tell them all the things you can help them with.

Let them know your door is always open virtually for any questions they may have. Just like Michael does in the video below…

 

Communicate With Your Colleagues

Even when you’re all teaching remotely, it’s still important to maintain that connection with your colleagues and keep those collaborative relationships strong.

You’re all going through this learning curve for remote teaching together. Use video to share online lesson plans, and offer key updates on state curriculum and schoolwide announcements.

Send encouraging video messages to keep each other going. Contribute recorded tips and resources for teaching with video. Unite to overcome all the hurdles of teaching remotely.

Bonus Video Tips for Administrators, Counselors, and Coaches

For administrators: Video is a great staff communication tool. You can create videos to distribute to your entire staff with school and curriculum updates, remote professional development resources, tools for successful remote teaching, and more.

And best of all you can use it to motivate your teachers, coaches, and counselors, and acknowledge them for their hard work during the challenging transition.

For counselors: Middle and high school students rely on you to get them on the career track they want to be on — whether that be higher education, vocational training, or the military. They also depend on you for their mental health, especially in times of crisis and isolation.

And your guidance is even more vital when they aren’t able to meet with you in person. But you can still advise them face to face via video messages.

You can send them one-to-one videos with individual academic pathways and answers to their questions. You can record scholarship announcements for all students to watch and apply for.

And you can send them uplifting video messages to get them through the tough times and share mental health resources available to them. That way, they know they’re not alone.

For coaches: Your athletes count on you throughout the school year to train them to be the best they can be. They depend on you to get them to the level they need to be at to earn college scholarships and make it to collegiate athletic teams.

The best way to keep this going, even when they’re at home, is with video. Record conditioning and training plans for them to stay on their A-game.

Give them the coaching they depend on to keep them focused on their end goals. And motivate them just as you would in person at the track, field, court and beyond.

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Figuring out how to teach remote can be challenging. But by sending videos, you can at least stay in front of your students as often as possible and show them you care.

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Vivian Lopez

Vivian Lopez | About The Author

Storyteller, writer, editor. Mother of a fearless little girl. Content Marketing Writer, BombBomb. BA, California State University-Long Beach.