5 Topics Impacting Education Policy in the Homeschool Classroom

5 Topics Impacting Education Policy in the Homeschool Classroom

In the changing landscape of education, the homeschool classroom has emerged as a space where policies and practices directly impact the learning experiences of students.

As the educational landscape continues to evolve, five critical topics have come to the forefront, shaping the way homeschooling is approached and regulated.

In this article, we highlight these “hot topics” that play a significant role in influencing education policies and parents as teachers in the homeschool setting.

From teaching online to lesson planning these topics underscore the intersection between homeschooling and broader educational policies, influencing the educational journey of countless students learning from the comfort of their homes.

Some of the topics covered in this article include;

  • Teaching Online
  • Differentiation in the classroom
  •  Teacher – Student Relationships
  • Classroom Management
  • Lesson Planning

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Educational Policy and Homeschooling Parents

In the changing world of education, parents play an important role as the bridge between evolving educational policies and the day-to-day learning experiences of their children.

This connection is dynamic, as parents stuggle with the impact of policies that shape curriculum choices, assessment methods, and the overall educational environment.

Parents are integral partners in the implementation and evolution of educational policies.

This vital relationship underscores the crucial need for effective communication and collaboration between policymakers and parents to ensure a harmonious and enriching educational journey for every student.

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How Can Homeschooling Parents Benefit From Sharing Experiences?

When parents share teaching experiences, they can take away from it many lessons such as; what to do or what not to do if we come across a similar situation.

It also brings a sense of togetherness when we describe situations and emotions that we feel in such situations, and most importantly that we are not alone in feeling such emotions!

This helps to bring about healthy minds and allow parents as teachers to become more mindful when it comes to their emotional needs as well as the needs of their children.

Now on to the topics we think parents as teachers can relate to!

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I. Teaching Online

It must be said that anyone who thinks teaching online is comparable to the traditional classroom is (a) not a teacher, and (b) has never been asked to teach online.

That being said, those of us who have experienced being thrown in the deep end with transitioning to teaching online and survived to talk (and blog about it) can safely say that this environment for teaching and learning can be beneficial if used correctly.

Stay positive! It’s not the environment that has been difficult, it has been the fact that it was such a quick transition to this environment that has caused the angst. Read that again.

When teachers become comfortable teaching in any new environment, their belief in their abilities returns and students reap the benefits their teacher brings to the class.

Click here to read our recommended tips for teaching strategies for the online classroom

II. Differentiation in the Classroom

This is what teachers need to remember when it seems like everything is against them.

Small changes in education began with how the school system values its teachers. Teachers plant seeds in students when it comes to valuing their learning. This means teachers form invaluable impressions on their students. Let us then value all teachers do to help students reach their educational goals.

The differences in student abilities with learning may seem overwhelming, but with certain approaches teachers may benefit all students.

Differentiation in teaching means that teachers set up different expectations for certain students in reaching their academic goals.

It may be simple in terms of showing level of understanding and how well students are able to demonstrate knowledge.

For example, certain students need to show 3 ways to demonstrate knowledge, while more advanced students are asked to show 5 ways to demonstrate knowledge.

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III. Teacher – Student Relationshihps

Teacher – student relationships help benefit learning.

The nature of the relationship between teachers and students have lasting impacts on students for the rest of their lives.

All students can remember at least one teacher they liked in school and one teacher they absolutely did not like. The absolute reality therefore is that students don’t learn from those that they don’t like!

Teachers we can find the right balance between getting students to like us and sharing the knowledge they need to succeed by being transparent with students, admitting when you make a mistake, and by being able to find the right time to make an observation that gets everyone to smile and laugh.

After all, make someone laugh and you have a friend for life.

But, is it more important to get students to like you as a teacher than it is to impart valuable knowledge? 

The answer is no, but it is knowing when to value one more than the other.

When it seems like the students need to have an emotional conversation, don’t overlook this opportunity to share knowledge!

For more strategies teachers can use to make the right connections to students in the classroom, read through our teacher blogs!

IV. Classroom Management

Classroom management is a team effort!

It doesn’t have to be the sole responsibility of the teacher! It is best to have the students involved in the management process.

This means have the students share their voice when it comes to routines, rewards, and consequences that all members in the class must abide by.

Teachers will find that when students are active participants in managing the class, things run much more smoothly, and it’s an opportunity to maximize teaching and learning so everyone wins.

Click to read our strategies for classroom management that will make teaching and learning easier for everyone!

V. Lesson Planning

Lesson plans are meant to be thrown out!

Wait…WHAT?

Just keep reading…

Is lesson planning worth the time it takes to make one come to fruition? 

Absolutely! That’s because once we make the plans, we have the opportunity in class to throw it out (or tweak it) if a better opportunity comes along.

What do we mean as a better opportunity?

We mean a teachable moment that wasn’t part of your lesson plan!

Don’t let these moments pass you or your students by! These are sometimes the most valuable lessons during the school year.

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Final Thoughts…

One reason I founded EduKitchen was to share with fellow teachers my experience in the hopes that it makes things easier for other teahers.

It takes someone special to be a teacher because of what this career means to not only teachers, but to students and their parents.

The work we do outside the classroom means that teachers make these sacrifices to help make their students succeed.

Nowadays the Internet seems to show others that they can learn anything without the help of teachers, but in truth teachers bring much more than just information, they bring the belief in their students that they can accomplish anything they put their mind to!

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Connect Laughter and Learning in the Homeschool Classroom

Connect Laughter and Learning in the Homeschool Classroom

In this article we look at five simple ways to connecting laughter and learning to help students with improving their learning skills in the homeschool classroom.

It is important to recognize the connections laughter has to mental health and learning. Improving mental health will make learning easier.



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Writing down our emotions in a journal helps with not only acknowledging that we are going through different emotions, but can inspire ideas for laughter, since this is the emotion that most people love!

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Click here to read more about the benefits journal writing brings to students inside and outside of the classroom. 

Laughter is one means of keeping us healthy both mentally and physically. We know that when we care for our health, we care for education as well.

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When used effectively by teachers and students, comedic timing can add value to education and educational strategies used by teachers and students.

How Can Laughter Help With Learning?

It can help build enthusiasm and confidence in having both teachers and students gain new appreciation for the educational goals they are working towards when they work together.

Our enthusiasm for teaching and learning grows when we are able to enjoy what we are teaching or learning, and so making laughter part of the daily activities in the classroom can benefit everyone!

In finding ways to connect with their students, teachers can share personal experiences that may bring comfort and laughter and learning to their students in the classroom!

When teachers provide students with a chance to show they can relate to how they (the students) feel about a particular situation, it in itself brings a smile to both teachers and students alike!

Comics Bring Laughter to Learning

We created our own comics to share with you personal situations that we can all relate to when reflecting on our time in the classroom.


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Comics are a great resource in helping students build their critical thinking and communicaton skills.

5 Benefits to Including Laughter in Education

We share with teachers and students now the five benefits (through our own comic gallery) to including a little laughter and learning in any classroom.

Check out our YouTube short video on the benefits laughter brings to the classroom.

I. Connects Us Through Shared Experiences

How many of us have ever been in the situation where we simply forgot to do what we had to do? 

Laughter helps learning when it allows for connections to happen through shared and relatable experiences. These connections can be to the teacher, or the material, or to both!

math comic resource

When teachers share their experiences with their students, it allows their students to feel a connection to a shared experience.

Rather than stress about a common mistake we have or could possibly make in the math classroom, why just use a little comedy to help handle it!

II. Helps Us Improve Memory Skills

It’s a good thing when we can recognize that what we learn in school helps us in the real world.

Our memory skills are improved when we associate emotions to what we learn and remember.

When we include a little laughter and learning in our daily routine in school, we help to build and improve our memory skills.

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Building our memory skills helps us to recall and respond to others. These others may be trying to test our memory skills, but we can show them that we are on to their test, and can pass it with flying colors!

This is where the comedy lies! 

III. Allows Us To Build Confidence In Ourselves

When we learn from past mistakes it helps to build confidence in our abilities. The confidence we build can help us to believe in ourselves.

When we use this belief to start to help others, we can enjoy a common goal. This common goal brings forth a connection that can bring laughter when mentioned at the right time!

Every teacher who has now learned the joy of online teaching can relate to our comic below pointing out how important it can be to have the right materials ready for class, not to mention the hope that their students can properly use their online educational tools!

online teacher comic

Building confidence can do wonders for how teachers and students see themselves in the classroom.

How teachers and students see themselves is referred to identities.

Both students and teachers can used their identities to help overcome challenges to building their confidence.

IV. Encourages Us To Learn In New Ways

Learning doesn’t have to always take a serious approach. In certain unexpected situations make for great opportunities for “teachable” moments. These moments often involve humor.

comic to build writing skills

Knowing when to use laughter to make a topic more interesting and engaging is a secret tools that teachers often use to make learning any topic more interesting.  Take, for example, our comic below that looks at improving your writing skills!

V. Builds Enthusiasm For Teaching and Learning

When we look at taking in consideration our first four benefits, we see that we are more connected to others in the classroom.

These shared experiences, belief in our own abilities, help us to become better at communicating with others, and in building own our confidence with speaking.

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The Role Parents Can Play In The Online Classroom

The Role Parents Can Play In The Online Classroom

In this article, we discuss factors that can impact on how parents are able to support their children in the online classroom, and ways they can cope with the challenges and their own mental health. 

Note: the ages of children referred to in this article are assumed to be in middle school (i.e grades 4 to 8).

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Parents can leverage IXL worksheets to support their children’s learning at home by assigning targeted exercises aligned with their child’s grade level and curriculum, reinforcing key concepts in subjects like math and language arts.

The interactive nature of IXL allows parents to track their child’s progress, identify areas of improvement, and provide personalized assistance, fostering a collaborative and effective learning environment outside the classroom.

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The year 2020 brought the world to a standstill with the global pandemic and children were forced to accept the new reality that schools were now virtual and that classrooms went online.

How did the effects of rapidly changing policies and procedures impact on the mental health of parents? 

Parents And Mental Health in Education

Mental Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a state of well-being in which individuals successfully cope with the normal stresses of life, enabling them to contribute productively to their community.

Watch our video on why mental health is an important topic in education.

Now that you have watched our video, read on to see what The ETI Academy believes parents can do to cope with and help support their children with online learning.

School administrations around the world were forced to define or redefine their policies and procedures around online learning in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. 

This meant that the home was now the learning environment, and parents were expected to take on the role of teachers.

For some, this brought on extra stress of having to deal with changes to expectations put upon them and their children’s new relationship to learning.

parents and online learning

With parents and the online classroom,  learning how to cope with this new learning environment may result in improving the factors that may impact their child’s learning online. 

Factors Impacting on Online Learning at Home

When it comes to parents and the online classroom, we take a look at two important factors, socioeconomic status and academic learning support, that may impact a parent’s mental health as they try to cope with their child’s new learning environment.

I. Socioeconomic Status

When it comes to parents and the online classroom, we take a look at two important factors, socioeconomic status and academic learning support, that may impact a parent’s mental health as they try to cope with their child’s new learning environment.

Families whose socioeconomic status may not allow for the necessary electronics to facilitate the online learning environment for their children may have struggled emotionally with not being able to financially afford such items.

Their only hope was to turn to school administrations and teachers to provide these devices so their children would not miss out on the rest of the academic school year.

II. Lack of Learning Support in the Home

In the years between pre-kindergarten and high school, parents are expected to be the academic support their children are looking for. 

They generally speaking feel that this support, could be found elsewhere for a small monetary price, right around middle school. 

There was no shame in hiring a tutor, as this would provide their child with a more optimal learning experience. But the pandemic of 2020 changed all that. Now parents were expected to provide their children with the optimal learning experience.

Parents who are stressed about these changing school dynamics may find the following tips helpful in reducing stress that can impact on mental health.

How Parents Can Support Learning at Home

Note: We recommend parents stay in constant communication with their school administration for all the up-to-date changes to their school policies involving the online classroom. 

Parents found themselves in the most unusual of places when schools were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

Let’s face it. They became the teachers they never imagined they’d be unless they signed up for it. Parents were the first to recognize the value of teachers globally!

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Credit: Teacher Goals 2020

Jokes aside, parents found that balancing their work from home with the demands of the children’s school overwhelming and it is ok to recognize that there were mixed emotions to say the least. 

Understanding mental health of individuals is in part learning to recognize the emotions attached to events in their lives.

Parents who are teachers may have felt overwhelmed with the sudden change, and so it goes without saying that parents who aren’t professional teachers may have struggled with this sudden change even more. 

I. Use The Right Learning Support Tools

We believe that in educating students, we must also include a little entertainment to keep students entertained.

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II. Connect With Other Parents

Strengthening the relationship between parents and the online classroom starts with finding support. 

Parents can reduce their stress by reaching out to other parents in finding the emotional support they need in knowing that they are not alone. 

They can reach out to connect with other parents through social media, or phone calls. The right emotional support can do wonders for one’s mental health.

III. Provide Necessary Emotional Support

Children may find it bothersome how their time on electronics is more for educational purposes rather than just for fun. 

When parents offer a good example in dealing with their children’s frustrations with online learning, their child will learn by example at how to deal with difficult situations! 

Proper interactions between parents and the online classroom, can be the emotional support children are looking for. 

 By providing their child with emotional support and encouraging words for being able to concentrate on learning while looking at a computer screen all day, parents set the example for healthy minds. 

Click here to read about student identity and mental health topics in Education

IV. Connect With Your Child’s Teacher

Support for teachers navigating online classrooms, really benefits the students, and parents themselves. 

The understanding shown between parents and the online classroom, means parents can connect with their child’s teacher, which brings comfort to bother teachers and students. When we do good for others, we also reap the rewards. 

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V. Be A Positive Role Model

Life will be full of challenges and having the right mind set will help to maintain a good level of mental health. Parents best educate their children when they lead by example in speech and in actions. 

Just remember, even when it’s not going your way, just say “It’s going to be a good day!” You will come to see then, it really is going to be ok. 

Click here to read how students may make their learning easier in this new learning environment.

VI. View Your Child’s Progress As A Team Effort

By working together, school administration, teachers, students and parents can be the support that the others need. 

In considering these groups as one happy online family, it will allow for everyone to reach the common goal; healthy minded students, who believe in themselves enough to be able to form their own identities, goals in life, and eventually families, to which they can be the support their children need in the future.

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Personal Note from the Founder of EduKitchen

I myself am a teacher with children, and so I write to you as a teacher and a mom. Both teaching and becoming a parent are something I chose, and so I find that the right mind set is also a necessary component of good mental health. 

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I had not taught online before 2020, and like so many other teachers, I found it challenging. 

However, I chose to have the right mind set to teaching online and for that I continue to look for the beauty in teaching. 

From one parent to another, I hope you find some of that beauty if you were taking on the teaching role in your family.

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Student Identity in the Online Classroom

Student Identity in the Online Classroom

In this article we look at intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may affect students’ identity when it comes to their ability to learn in the online classroom.

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Parents can leverage IXL worksheets to support their children’s learning at home by assigning targeted exercises aligned with their child’s grade level and curriculum, reinforcing key concepts in subjects like math and language arts.

The interactive nature of IXL allows parents to track their child’s progress, identify areas of improvement, and provide personalized assistance, fostering a collaborative and effective learning environment outside the classroom.

Click here to explore what IXL offers children when it comes to their learning.

Student Identity in the Online Classroom

Learning in the online environment is very different to the traditional classroom environment. There may be several factors that can affect how students feel in this classroom

When students go online, they are generally looking for enjoyment and not necessarily want to spend time learning.

However with the rise of applications that make learning online fun, such as;

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students can start to see how to recognize their identity as their learn online.

Factors Affecting Student Learning in the Online Classroom

Two factors are known as extrinsic (external to a person) and intrinsic (inside a person).

Extrinsic factors include socioeconomic status and interactions with others, both of which may go against a person’s “identity” in the classroom.

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Intrinsic factors include confidence and self-efficacy, both of which may impact on a person’s “identity” in the classroom.

Self efficacy: is a set of beliefs in one’s own behaviors and ability to perform well and achieved desired goals.

 

Building Student Identity

We will also look at identity and its connection to mental health.

What do we mean by student identity?

Student identity: is a set of beliefs, values, and commitments that an individual connects towards being a student.

This article provides ways for students can work alongside teachers, school administrators, and their parents to achieve the identities that bring them success in the online classroom.

How then can students establish their identities in order to help their abilities to learn in the online classroom?

 

Student Identity in the Online Classroom (Video)

Watch our video to see how students can establish (or claim) an identity that will improve their communication with their teacher and better their learning experience in the online class.

Socioeconomic status in education still remains a relevant issue affecting student identity in today’s classrooms around the world.

The reliance on the Internet for educational purposes has furthered the divide between students who could ‘easily’ afford to make the transition to online learning verses those who could not.

How then has this new and increased reliance on the Internet impacted on student identity?

 

Types of Student Identity

The definition of identity can be perceived as two different identities, assigned identity, that which is given to one by others, and claimed identity, that in which one acknowledges, or claims for oneself.

Research has helped with formulating an understanding as to the new identities students are expected to take on in the virtual classroom.

How then do we expect students to claim their identity in this new ‘digital’ age of ‘virtual’ learning?

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Socioeconomic Status and Student Identity

In the ‘normal’ classroom, socioeconomic status divide may be evident in material belongings or lack thereof.

However, school administrations and teachers established policies and procedures as to allow all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, with the same opportunities to learn in the classroom.

Breakfast and lunch programs at schools provided ‘underprivileged’ students with means to come prepared to learn. Healthy bodies make for healthy minds. Healthy minds help establish one’s identity.

In the school year of 2020, it may have become more clear to the students themselves, which identity category they felt they belonged to given how easily they could adapt to the new online learning environment.

How then has this new learning environment affected the identity of students?

Mental health research of students in changing classroom dynamics has seen growing interest in helping students at any stage in their learning recognize their identity.

It is therefore worth looking into the phenomenon surrounding mental health and student identity in the online classroom.

 

Student Identity and Mental Health

Mental Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a state of well-being in which individuals successfully cope with the normal stresses of life, enabling them to contribute productively to their community.

Schools around the world were forced to define or redefine their policies and procedures around online learning in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

student and online health

School administrations also looked at the effects of rapidly changing policies and its effect on the mental health of both teachers and students.

It goes without saying that students who experience high levels of stress can dramatically affect their learning in the classroom.

In looking to rationalize the research behind the reasons for students struggling with online learning, the concept of mental health became an emerging field of interest.

Challenges to Student Identity

Students may find many challenges with learning online. We discuss these challenges, and ways students can work with their families, teachers, friends, and schools to make online learning easier; helping them to claim their own individual identities.

I. Family Finances

Students may find it frustrating that their family may not be able to provide the necessary means needed for online learning.

Solution: School Support Services

Students can move past their frustration by discussing the situation with their family and letting the school help with providing the necessary means to facilitate online learning.

II. Participation in Class

Students may find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings about learning in the online environment with their teachers, which may prevent them from participating, hindering their identities.

Solution: Teacher Support

In reaching out to their teachers and sharing their thoughts, students may be surprised at just how helpful teachers can be in offering the emotional and learning support as they need. After all, teachers can relate to what it feels like to be in the online classroom.

III. Using EdTech Tools

Students may find it frustrating and isolating having to navigate learning while trouble shooting any technical errors they may have during class.

Solution: Support from Classmates

Helping fellow classmates, who may not be used to working with online learning platforms, solve their technical issues (by sending them instructions through chat messages) offers benefits all, including building identities.

IV. Using Their Learning Styles in the Online Classroom

Students who are tactile learners may find it hard to learn to adjust to this new style of learning when they find the lessons don’t allow for physically engaging activities.

Solution: Support for their Learning Style at Home

Along with teacher support, families can provide the physical materials necessary for the student to engage in the lesson at home using materials the teacher uses to help explain the lesson.

All of these challenges may be a source of stress for the student, whereby impacting on their mental health. Therefore, EduKitchen also provides strategies that may help with learning in the online classroom.

One Community to Support Student Identity

When students feel that they are all provided the same opportunities by their teachers then this may allow for students become more active members in the online classroom.

School administration and teachers worked hard over the 2020 school to ensure all students had means to learn electronically by providing ‘underprivileged’ families with donated electronic devices.

When administration recognizes and acknowledges the benefits to mental health and identity by allowing flexibility in the classroom, students reap the rewards through knowledge that their teachers pass on to them.

By working together, school administration, teachers, and parents can then work to allow for healthy students, with healthy minds, who believe in themselves enough to be able to form their own identities now, and in the future.

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Final Thoughts…

With the right mindset and general approaches to learning, students can learn to look past the platform and instead focus on how to establish their style of learning.

The right approach to learning means finding what works best for you as a student. Why not look at learning in a new way – one that works both inside and outside the classroom.

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Teacher Identity in the Classroom

Teacher Identity in the Classroom

In this article we look at the meaning behind teacher identity, its connection to self efficacy, and the challenges to mental health

Teacher Identity in the Online Classroom

Teacher identity: is a set of beliefs, values, and commitments that an individual connects towards being a teacher.

Self efficacy: is a set of beliefs in one’s own behaviors and ability to perform well and achieved desired goals. 

How can teachers establish their identities in the online classroom? 



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Teaching in the online environment is very different to the traditional classroom environment. 

We provides ways for teachers to work to overcome challenges to their identities in the online classroom, by working alongside students, school administrators, and parents. 

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Teacher Identity in the Online Classroom (Video)

The topic of online education has seen a sharp and exponential growth in global educational policy thanks in large part to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic of 2020. 

Watch our video to see how teachers can establish (or claim) an identity that will benefit them and the students they teach in the online class. 

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The online classroom was one that was rooted in teaching English as a foreign language, and was defined as the classroom that included students from different countries. 

The pandemic of 2020 forced school closures around the world and turned the traditional classroom into a ‘virtual’ one where teaching was to be done electronically.

How then has this change impacted on teacher identity?

Changes to Teacher Identity

In the past, teachers were seen as the center authoritarian figure in the classroom from which all knowledge was given. 

As time passed on, the role of teachers has been reinvented to move away from the authoritarian figure, to the counselor for learning. This transition allowed for more student autonomy in the classroom.

In recent years, technology has become the essential tool for learning. Flipped classrooms, online educational tools, and now online teaching has forced yet another reinvention of teacher identity, for the ‘online’ or ‘virtual’ classroom.

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How then, has this changed the identity of teachers?

Research into the effects on the mental health of teachers in changing classroom dynamics, has seen growing interest in helping teachers at any stage in their careers, with formulating an understanding as to the new roles teachers are expected to take on in the virtual classroom.

How then do we expect teachers to form their identity in this new ‘digital’ age of ‘virtual’ teaching?

It is therefore worth looking into the phenomenon surrounding mental health and teacher identity in the online classroom.

Teacher Identity and Mental Health

Teachers who experience high levels of stress can dramatically affect the learning of students in the classroom. 

In looking to rationalize the research behind the growing numbers of teachers leaving the profession, the concept of mental health became an emerging field of interest.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals successfully cope with the normal stresses of life, enabling them to work productively and contribute to their community.

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Different people may define well-being differently; however generally speaking, well-being can be representative of a positive sense of self when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met.

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 forced schools around the world to define or redefine their policies and procedures around online learning. 

In defining mental health and well-being in ministry wide policies, the definition speaks to the mental health and well-being of students as teachers are to ensure is met.

Challenges To Teacher Identity

Teachers may find certain challenges with teaching online, which may become a source of stress, whereby impacting on their mental health. 

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Therefore, a question that remains is; surrounding those teachers who manage to stay in the teaching field through their own resiliency, what strategies may help with teaching in the online classroom

We discuss below both the challenges and possible solutions to teaching in the online classroom.

I. Educational Policy Reform

The challenges of implementing new and rapidly changing policies regarding online learning may be overwhelming for both first year teachers and veteran teachers alike. 

Teaching online, as any teacher who has done so will tell you, is a whole different ball game, when compared to teaching in the classroom. 

Solution: Flexibility With Teaching Strategies

When teachers are allowed flexibility in their online classrooms by administration, teachers then reclaim their identities as being in control and offer new teaching strategies that may allow for students become more active members in this new virtual learning  environment that is the classroom.

II. Offering Technical Support To Students

As any teacher who has taught online knows, the struggle with having to navigate teaching while trouble shooting any technical errors students may have (no audio!) with using the technology at various times is very real.

Solution: Keep Calm – The Show Must Go On!

Okay not the show, but the lesson, must and will go on, until it’s time to end the class. School administrators will offer training needed for using online platforms. 

However, they may or may not mention the one true reality of online teaching, which is that it is a juggling act. 

Teachers need to master giving a lesson, while monitoring both the class participants list, and the chat messages all at the same time.  

It’s important for teachers to remain calm and to know that eventually it does get easier with each lesson. 

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With any technical problem students may face, teachers will try their best to solve the issues, but if all else fails, teachers can count on that one student who knows more about technology that they do to help those not familiar with the audio rules when joining the Zoom class! Teachers will, no doubt, have that one student who forgets to enter the class having to select “audio on”, but will also be blessed with that one student who can always lend a helping hand.

III. Differentiating in The Online Classroom

Differentiating in the online classroom, may prove difficult. In the traditional classroom, extra activities that students could find on their own, allowed them to move at different paces with their learning. 

With the online classroom, teachers may struggle with helping students at different levels, especially those in the primary stages, adjust to this new style of learning.

Solution: ‘Breakout Rooms’ With Specialized Activities

Differentiating in the online classroom, may be possible with the use of breakout rooms. 

Breakout rooms are part of meeting tools such as Zoom, whereby teachers select students and place them in separate virtual rooms, similar to chat rooms. 

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By allowing more independent students who are at the same level to complete more advanced tasks in a ‘breakout room’, teachers may provide these students the means to remain engaged with their learning. 

Conversely teachers may put students at different levels together and encourage more advanced students to support the others with their learning as a means to strengthening their own abilities and identities. 

Support For Teacher Identity In Education

When administration recognizes and acknowledges the benefits to mental health and identity by allowing flexibility in the classroom, teachers may benefit from mental health education to pass on this knowledge to their students who are mindful of all the benefits to a healthy environment.

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By working in collaboration with administration, parents, and students, teachers can then work to allow for healthy students, with healthy minds, that believe in themselves enough to be proud of who they are, where they came from, and where they will hope to see themselves in the future.

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Note: Our suggestions are meant to be a means of support as to how teachers can cope with teaching in the online classroom. We recommend teaching stay in constant communication with their school administration for all the up-to-date changes to their school policies involving the online classroom. 

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