1. Explore your LMS:

    Before school started, you wandered around your classroom, assessed your textbook, poked through materials in the storage closet, found the closest bathroom…

    Do the same with your digital classroom on Shmoop.  What is it capable of? How can you use it to assign and grade work? How can you communicate with your students

  2. Re-evaluate your plans:

    Admit it: keeping students on task was a challenge when you were all in the same room. Keeping their eyes and minds on classwork is going to be much more challenging now that you can't confiscate their phones. 

    So don't try to do what you did before, just online. Check out Shmoop's curriculum for your course for material which is meant to be consumed and learned online.

  3. Enjoy the silence (unless your home is equipped with bells):

    Shmoop lessons are ideal for asynchronous instruction. Since you no longer need to keep students on-task for an hour at a time, they are now able to complete work at their own pace.

    One kid finishes the work in 30 minutes? They're free to text or Snapchat or create their own hand washing TikTok dance. Another kid needs 90 minutes? They have it, and likely can get more of your one-on-one attention too.

  4. Embrace your new roles:

    While video will let you continue lecturing, demonstrating, and modeling for your students, you now get to be more of a facilitator of online discussions, a tutor for struggling students, a jedi ghost offering sage wisdom before students resume their quests.

  5. Manage expectations

    We're all trying to figure this out on the fly, we just need to do our best and focus on what's necessary. (Heck, even the College Board knows you can't get to everything in these unique times.) Determine which content you need to get to and what will have to wait until a worldwide pandemic stops affecting life itself?

Looking for more? Check out our eLearning resources and continue your shmoopsperience!