Teaching Kids Online
GAC instructors had to do a quick pivot this summer. Our usually full summer youth program had to move online, which provided unique teaching challenges for our instructors. Not surprisingly, they rose to the occasion and provided quality experiences for our youngest artists. What did they learn? And what made for a successful online session? We asked GAC Summer Youth Instructor Cheryl Tuttle to share her thoughts.
How did the kids do learning online?
It was fun to work with them on screen. They were really seasoned to the idea after working virtually in school, so it wasn’t a big transition for them. We’d often start with a story, which allowed them to settle in and get comfortable. The biggest challenge was if someone lost a video connection; I’d have to adapt my communication to just audio for them.
What activities worked well?
The kids loved painting as a group. Often they would watch me, but then finish up on their own. And there was a so much pride in showing their finished project to the group. They loved to be in the spotlight and talk about their work. They especially liked watercolors and acrylic painting.
Any recommendations for parents/kids thinking about taking a class?
Online classes can be just a fun as in-person classes for the kids. They love to be comfortable in their home. The biggest help parents can offer is to provide a quiet environment with some decent lighting and a good internet connection. Then enjoy sharing what the kids have accomplished – you’ll be amazed at how much we get done in a short amount of time!