Generating Excitement with Elementary Students in Online Learning

Course overview

As most of you, we were suddenly forced to teach remotely. This is not an easy task for young learners: the little ones are restless and their attention span is quite short. So then, how to engage and motivate our young learners through our computers? It may appear to be a very difficult task but here we are to share our experience and all those strategies that really worked for us. Although this course is aimed at teachers of young kids (Pre Kinder, Kinder, and Grades 1, 2), some of the strategies can be adapted to older students. We have included a set of downloadable materials to help you get started and some further information we believe will be valuable for you. We hope you find all these tools useful and you can soon put them into practice!

About the instructors

Hi there! We are Gisela and Belén, two EFL/ELL teachers from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to our Bachelor degrees in English Teaching, Belén has a B.A. in Educational Sciences and Gisela has a B.A. in Advertising. We have been working with young children for over 17 years and we believe our course will help you a lot to jazz up your remote lessons while teaching to young learners. We have been trying these strategies for the last months and they work!

 

Introduction

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Meet Gisela and Belén
00:28

Gisela and Belén, two ELL teachers from Argentina, share teaching strategies they've been using since Covid lockdowns. They've been teaching elementary students for more than 17 years.

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The Problem: Keeping the Youngest Students Engaged
01:06

The process

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Solution #1: Use Humor to Create Routines
03:59
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Solution #2: “Kill the Activity Before it Dies”
01:03
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Solution #3: Short 1:1 meetings
01:28
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The Outcome: A Safe and Engaging Remote Classroom
00:39

Additional Materials

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Tips for Involving Parents
01:17
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Materials for you to Get Started Tomorrow
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