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Tips for Educators During COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted the functioning of societies, including schools. We understand that the disruptions, new mode of learning (work from home/ online learning) and uncertainties have caused hassles and stress to students, parents, and teachers. Apart from equipping yourselves with the tips below in teaching, please kindly take good care of yourselves and hold realistic expectations in working under such difficult times.

Extra Assistance 

Hong Kong Red Cross “Shall We Talk” Service

WhatsApp: 5164 5040

Telegram: @hkrcshallwetalk

Praying Hearts Counselling Centre

Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong Justone 24 Hour Hotline

EDB Teacher’s helpline

Adopting New and Suitable Pedagogy

  • Flipped classroom (supported with collaborative teaching) may in the end support online, face-to-face and hybrid modes of teaching

  • Encourage hands-on activities with materials available in most of the households

  • Encourage multi-sensory learning and alternative “reading/ writing” methods, e.g., podcasting/ video blogging/ audio books

  • Keep classes short and interactive.

  • Hold realistic objectives (students may not learn as efficient as they previous did in face-to-face situations). Be inclusive and reassuring in assessments and class activities for students with different ability levels

Using Online Learning Platforms

  • Google Classroom/ Google Jamboard/ Google Meet

  • Gather town (mimic classroom/ socializing situations)

  • Go-formative 

  • Zoom

  • Kahoot

  • PaGamO

  • Edpuzzle

  • See-saw etc.

Extra Assistance 

  • Rehearsal with students before trying new platforms in advance. Start class early to give enough time for log-in and technological issues.

  • Seek parents’ support (if available) in homework supervision or discipline and tech support 

  • Consult specialists for class and homework accommodations suitable for students with ADHD

  • It is okay to be stressed and seek help: 


  • Give positive feedback and set reward systems on self-discipline and compliance

  • Introduce rules at the very beginning (e.g., stay on mute/ use ‘raise-hand’ icon before unmute/ use appropriate login names and backgrounds)

  • Reflect and check if some face-to-face classroom rules are necessary in virtual classrooms

  • (e.g., students may find it easier to focus if listening to your class lying on the floor)

  • Provide suitable ways for students to seek help during or after class -promote self-advocacy

  • Attract students’ attention by incorporating their strengths and interests in class

 Collaborate with Parents

  • Be parents’ alliance, make them feel supported.

  • Send parents written and annotated instructions and troubleshoot advice on the device/ software used for online-learning in advance 

  • Be flexible and supportive for families with financial/ schedule problems for new mode of learning

  • Some parents may need your support in providing social interactions, intellectually stimulated activities, and discipline at home.

Maintain Structures

  • Structured class and familiar routines help students with ADHD keep up with the class progress

  • Provide organization methods for students to manage their assignments (filing) and submit assignments (designated submission platform)

  • Create consensus with colleagues on the class transition or platform transition routine

    • reduce confusion and chaos

  • Develop protocols in advance for gradual resumption of face-to-face teaching

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