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