№ 76 Courtney Staff, Author, The Online Teaching Handbook
My guest for today is Courtney Ostaff, a bona fide “classical” teacher who realized that, after seeing so many of her colleagues struggling with teaching online, she had to help bring some clear signals into the noise.
The result is her book titled “The Online Teaching Handbook,” a refreshing, no-nonsense guide written by a proven and experienced educator.
If you’ve never quite gotten comfortable with the new normal, Courtney has your back. If you are one of the countless teachers who think to themselves before every online session, “I did not sign up for this,” Courtney will be the first one to agree with you.
In this “soul-alleviating” conversation we talk about:
↩ Why Courtney believes teachers should “take back” their classrooms, by playing to your strengths, even if that means putting live online sessions on the back burner.
🗣 We talk about why replicating the faceto-face experience online can be quite frankly impossible; and why it’s worth remembering that live video tech is, well, experimental, relative to established educational practice.
💬 We talk about the importance of “boring” for learning outcomes: Clear lists of tasks, Systematic examination and a consistent routine is going to do wonders for your students academically and emotionally. And probably for you as well
📩 Courtney shares some tips on keeping track of outcomes and participation, turning parental supervision into family engagement; and ultimately, why great teaching is indifferent to medium, but rich in backand-forth communication and human-focused.