Here's a collection of tips to help you get the most from Outschool, and to be a great member of the Outschool community.

Offering Classes

  • Offer classes that reflect your personal interests, experience, and expertise.  Bring your own personal style and approach to classic topics.
  • Offering several one-time classes is a great way to get reviews and build up your profile
  • Observe Outchool’s class content policy of offering objective and secular classes.
  • Set expectations - let the parents and learners know exactly what they’re getting
  • Respond to parent and learner inquiries promptly.
  • Don't over-schedule yourself! Remember that classes will go better if you plan a break between hours of classes, and enough flexibility to reschedule classes when illness or other interruptions occur.

Teaching Classes

  • Practice using Zoom and practice your classes so you'll deliver a great class experience
  • Run live meetings in a fixed location with a reliable internet connection. Have a professional, kid-friendly background, and have good lighting.
  • Start and end on time.  In case the lesson goes quicker than expected, have extra material ready.
  • In the first meeting with a new group, set behavior expectations and have the learners introduce themselves.
  • Manage classroom behavior.  Don’t let individual students disrupt or dominate a live meeting
  • If you need to cancel the class, give the parent advance warning and cancel at least 1 day in advance. 
  • Make classes as interactive as possible
  • If you’ll miss a class meeting, give advance notice, and offer a make up session.  For classes running 8+ weeks, schedule a makeup session as part of the schedule
  • Be yourself and smile. 😁

Working with parents and learners

  • Be kind, professional, and respectful
  • Keep communication and transactions on Outschool 
  • Adapt your classes to the needs of the enrolled learners.  Accommodate special needs to the extent you are able.

Working with Outschool

  • Consult the Outschool help center or Outschool support about our policies; other teachers may not be up-to-date
  • Tell Outschool Support about any incidents, whether in class or out of class
  • Share questions, ideas, and constructive criticism 

If you have suggestions to add to this list, please share them with us!

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