Setting up a Learning Environment for Online Learning


Leveraging your home base class space is a simple first step to making sure that all learners can be successful and that learning and community take front and center in our classrooms, no matter the learning environment.


To help your students become successful online learners, we have the following suggestions:

  1. Set up a simple home base class space: Keep it simple. All needed materials and labels within reach.

  2. Commit to Consistency: In a traditional face-to-face classroom, everything is centralized and consistent. Routines create meaning. This includes a consistent start and stop time.  Your student’s classes will have the same Webex link each day to maintain stability in their online location. 

  3. Helping your student stay organized:

    1. Check IC and Schoology every night

    2. Use your students calendar to know upcoming assignments, set reminders

    3. Stay ahead of your scheduled assignments

    4. Make a list of your assignments and mark them off as you complete and turn them in.

  4. Being tech support for your student: Empower your student to use the EMS Website to answer their questions about technology; there is technology tab on the EMS Website that has troubleshooting resources

  5. Minimize distractions: Eliminate distractions for your home base class where they are working on school materials. Regardless of where your student works, consider turning your student’s cell phone off to avoid losing focus every time a text or notification pops up. Ensure that your student can focus on their class while they are online when it is that time.

  6. Self care is important

    1. Incorporate movement breaks into your student’s schedule

    2. Ensure your student’s get good sleep. This means removing technology while they sleep

    3. Eat well and shower often. 

    4. Laughter is important! Find a reason everyday to laugh! 

Created by EMS Counseling team

Erie Middle School