💬 9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face Replied to 9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face The first weeks of school should be devoted to community building and digital competency. Communication with parents needs to be more thorough, streamlined, and predictable. Community and connection need to be a priority for teachers, too. Teacher collaboration is even more important. “Face-to-face” time should be used for active learning. Content needs to be simplified and slowed down. Instructions should be easy to find, explicit, and multimodal. Traditional grading practices should take a backseat to feedback. Summative assessment should focus on creation. Jennifer, I really enjoyed your interview with Melanie Kitchen. As both a parent and an educator, I think that that making the lines of communication between home and school is really important. One of the things that I found challenging was what information to pass back to the teacher in regards to my daughter.