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Classroom management in online lessons

In this step, we look at how classroom management in online lessons is different from classroom management in face-to-face lessons.

We’ve talked about gaining a rapport and maintaining engagement in online lessons. Let’s now turn to classroom management.


Watch the video of Lindsay and Marie Therese talking about how classroom management is different online compared to face-to-face contexts. Complete the sentences.

1) Marie Therese says that clear instructions are important because ……..

2) Marie Therese says that teachers may need to plan pairs and groups more carefully so that …….

3) Lindsay talks about how we may need to plan how we gather feedback, for example we can use ……..

4) Lindsay and Marie Therese say that wait time needs to be longer in online lessons because ……

5) Lindsay says that at the start of a course, it’s a good idea to …….

6) Marie Therese suggests dealing with learners who break the agreed rules by …….

Please note down your answers on a piece of paper

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Reflect and share

Learners may be unsure of how to act in an online classroom so discussing expectations of how you’d like learners to participate in lessons, as well as online etiquette, is extremely important at the start of a course. What activities could we do with students to discuss and establish expectations (yours and your learners’) at the start of a course? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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