How To Teach an Online Class in 12 Easy Steps

How To Teach an Online Class in 12 Easy Steps

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Online classes are here to stay and the vast majority of schools and training centers have moved across to one of the many online class platforms available. But how do you actually teach an online class?

Check out our easy to follow 12 step guide for a 30 minute online class.

Step 1  (3 minutes)

Greetings and warm up. Stand up and do some movement.  This attracts attention and curiosity. If you have a regular warm up song or activity, do this as it will help the student recognise the beginning of class.


Step 2  (3-4 minutes)

Review previous content. Use a simple review of flashcards or ask students to give you examples of your previous topic.  


Step 3  (3-4 minutes) 

Sing a song related to the content. Sing it once with the students. Stand up or incorporate some actions, encourage your students to follow along. Keeping the student active and engaged is more important with an online class as you are competing with what is happening in their home environment.  

You can play the song a second time and have the students lead the actions. 


Step 4  (5 minutes)

Introduce new content. Show each flashcard or object one at a time, say the word clearly. Ensure that the flashcard or object is clearly visible. Describe the object. Example: “This pencil is long and hard, it’s pointy on one end and round at the other end.”


Step 5  (3-4 minutes)

Play a game with the new content.  Games such as What’s Missing or Flashcard Drill are easy and simple to play in an online class.

picture credit: Eric Peter Laine, Nebula English


Step 6  (4-5 minutes)

Read a short story related to the content. Most textbooks have a topic related short story included. Ask questions about the short story. Have students tell you what they can see in the pictures, see if they can identify any of the new content within the story. Check for comprehension.


Step 7  (2-3 minutes)

Draw something related to the new content on the board. Ask students to identify it. Write the word next to it. Ask students to make their own drawing and write the word next to their picture. Have students show and describe their picture.


Step 8  (3-4 minutes)

Play a game with both the new and old content. You can make sentences using word cards or play a game which encourages talking. 


Step 9  (2-3 minutes) 

Play the Magic Bag game. Prepare some objects related to your content and place them inside a bag or box. Explain that you are going to reach inside and describe what you feel and students need to guess what the object is. Use the same descriptions that you gave in step 4.


Step 10  (2-3 minutes)

Play the Find and Show Game. Have students find one of the objects from the content in their home and show it to you. Have them describe the object. Prompt with the descriptions that you used in steps 4 and 9.


Step 11  (2 minutes) 

Closing. Summarise the class and review the new words learnt. Assign some homework. Homework could include drawing a picture of each of the new words, finding an item in their home or singing the song. If you are using a textbook, assign review pages or homework from the workbook.

Step 12  After class

Follow up. This is an important step. Send a breakdown of the new content from this class, including any songs or stories. Confirm homework. If you are using a textbook, confirm homework pages or pages from the workbook.

Online teaching, like starting school for the first time, is a learning experience for teachers and students alike. The above outline is just that, an outline. It gives you a base to build on. 

We’d love to hear how your online classes are going or if you tried our 12 step guide. Let us know in the comments.

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