As a teacher on KidPass, it’s important to keep several things in mind when teaching a class. How you teach a class, what you teach and when you teach could all determine if your class is successful or not. Remember, if you have any questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
- It’s more than a live meeting. Keep in mind that classes shouldn’t feel like online meetings—they should feel like fun classes that kids will enjoy. Be high energy and use your hands or body whenever possible to keep it visually engaging.
- Offer something unique. Create your own approach to each class, and really show how passionate you are about teaching a specific subject.
- Classes should be interactive. All classes should include significant communication between teachers and students, and communication between students as well. It’s important for each class to feel like it’s being taught in person and not via the Internet.
- Have a bright and colorful background — and, depending on your subject matter, you may want to create a special “scene”: i.e. least 2 items behind you that makes it seem like a classroom, dance studio, gym, etc. Props and decorations and posters are your friend!
- Lighting is key! You don’t need to have a full movie studio, but you want your face to be fully visible from the front. A good rule of thumb is no overhead lighting. Buy a ring light, utilize natural sunlight in front of your face (not behind!), put two lamps in front of you. You want to make yourself look as professional and put together as possible to make a great impression.
- Practice Zoom beforehand! Do a mock class with family or friends first to shake out any nerves and practice those Zoom settings. Decide in advance your Zoom settings: i.e. if you’re going to keep kids muted or unmuted, or only allow the chat function to be between teacher and student (vs. with the whole group). Never completely turn off the chat function so students can communicate with you! “Share your sound” via Zoom if you will be relying on sound or music.
Before your class starts…
- Think about the lighting in the room. Is it well-lit? Will students be able to see and interact with you?
- Make sure you have your interactive class planned. Do you have questions prepared to ask your students? Do you have plenty of activities to engage children in? After all, you’re a real teacher with real students!
- Familiarize yourself with Zoom and the video platform, so you don’t encounter any bumps along the way. We recommend you do a test run well in advance of your first class with colleagues, friends, or family who can give you feedback on how to improve.
- Make sure you arrive to class early—you don’t want to keep your students waiting.
- Take a moment to introduce yourself and ask your students (or their parents) to introduce themselves, too.
- Encourage students to enable their video camera so it feels like they’re actually all in a class setting. But, also encourage them to put their mics on mute when they’re not talking to avoid unnecessary ruckus. (As a teacher and class host, you’ll also have the ability to mute students if necessary, and you can even make it so kids can't unmute themselves!) Only you know what works best for your class and teaching style.
- Ask your students to leave a review after class has dismissed so you can build your reputation on KidPass!