Through COVID-19, Sign for Thoughts - like many other businesses - moved all our work online. Although we have plenty of experience with 1:1 tutorials online, it was our first time trying full classes online. We had regular reviews and checked in with our students, and after ironing out some of the creases, we're really proud of what we've achieved during lockdown.
We're aware that online classes provide flexibility for those that need it. Perhaps there are no BSL classes offered in your area, the travel time is too far but you're desperate to learn. Maybe you are unable to get childcare. Online classes allow students to learn in the comfort of your own home, alongside others to create a classroom environment.
What we need from you
- A willingness to learn!
- A good internet connection for the duration of the class
- Commitment and focus
How does it work?
What we know from running online classes is that a full 2 hour class is very taxing on the students and the teacher. We found it really beneficial keeping the class sizes small so that each student gets enough focus from the teacher, and keeping the class short meant the focus was kept up throughout. This is why our online classes are 1.5 hours, and students will receive a task after class to complete and be fed back by SFT in the same week.
We use the software Zoom, which is free to download and use.