Teaching online requires teachers to focus on the essentials: There isn’t enough time for “nice to know.” This quirky set of procedures gives you a basic set of procedures for preparing for online teaching.

Take any principle, rule, concept, definition, etc. in your curriculum that students absolutely, positively must know well enough to apply unassisted. Substitute that topic for the word *zilliacky* in these directions.

## Define your job.

Your job is to:

- Teach the essential skills and information so that students can do
*zilliacky*, - Craft appropriate activities so that students without your help can actually learn to do
*zilliacky*. - Verify that all students actually can do
*zilliacky*.

NB: You must do all three to earn your paycheck.

## Prepare to do your job.

1. Your fellow teachers all teach *astocum* before teaching *zilliack*y. Does a student have to know *astocum* in order to do *zilliacky*?

If the answer is no, then *astrocum* is not worth teaching. That doesn’t mean *astocum* isn’t worth learning. It simply means *astrocum* is not something you must teach before students can learn to do *zilliacky*. You might need to remind students of what they know about *astrocum* or direct them to information about *astrocum*, but those activities are different from teaching *astrocum*.

2 . Some teachers also teach *domical* and *gergrundium* before teaching *zilliacky*.

Does a student have to know *domical* in order to do *zilliacky*?

If the answer is *no*, then *domical* is not worth teaching.

Does a student have to know *gergrundium* in order to do *zilliacky*?

If the answer is *no*, then *gergrundium* is not worth teaching.

3. Based on the answers to questions 2 and 3, decide what essential skills and information you must teach before students can do *zilliacky*.

4. Based on the answers to questions 2 and 3, create activities that allow students to do *zilliacky*.

OK, teaching online may be just a tad more difficult than I’ve made it out to be, but the basic, must-do activities are just about this simple. You strip away all the non-essentials and then you teach what’s left.

©2020 Linda Aragoni