In March of 2020, when the pandemic hit, I was directing and teaching a small start-up Montessori middle school program. When we got sent home to quarantine, the good news was that I only had 7 kids. The bad news was that, as a Montessori program, the education mostly relied on hands-on, in-person work and I was entirely in charge of creating the online experience.
Luckily, the students were flexible and kind, eager to engage, and willing to try new things. For the remainder of the year, I attempted to create online materials they could engage with, curricula that would help their independence, and most importantly a space for their social skills to continue to grow.
I experimented with lots of different formats for the class. I tried different ways to manage the class. I quickly learned the more advanced features of Zoom and Google Classroom (I’m still learning though!). So, on to the tips for teaching math online!