Dynamite Online Teacher is written for all the dedicated teachers busy adapting lessons, previously planned for in-person teaching, to online lessons. The teachers, rolling with the punches and staying afloat, in unfamiliar territory with limited guidance and often lack of support.
Dynamite Online Teacher is written for teachers that are passionate about their subject matter but aren’t sure how to demonstrate that from a computer screen. Teachers that want to reach out and connect with their students with whom they previously shared laughs, interests, and daily mood swings.
While a large portion of this book focuses on practical solutions, such as virtual platforms that can improve your online classes, it also touches upon the emotional aspects of teaching. You will learn how to incorporate humor into your teaching and check in on your well-being.
Dynamite Online Teacher is a timely, practical guide to online teaching.
Learn how to navigate technology in the online education world. Dynamite Online Teacher list 110 Tips, Tools & Ideas, many of which are websites, applications, and digital platforms to aid in your teaching endeavors and motivate your students.
Find practical, tested and trusted strategies and ideas that are proven to engage students virtually. Dynamite Online Teacher demonstrates how to incorporate humor into your teaching to help ease the isolation often associated with the transition to virtual platforms.
Are you making connections with your virtual students? I hope to inspire you to connect with your virtual students and be the dynamite online teacher you are meant to be. Apply a few simple ideas and you will be reaching your students on the other side of town, right from your dining room table.
Discover ways to adapt your in-person curriculum and transition to a virtual education platform. Features real-world examples you can apply and adapt immediately in your virtual classroom.
Learning online can be daunting, but even more so for students with special needs who need structure, personal guidance, reassurances and clear instructions. Dynamite Online Teacher will help you accommodate all of your students regardless of their learning styles.
Learn how to take care of yourself: how to address perfectionism-based anxiety and cope with the fear of failure. Dynamite Online Teacher touches upon the emotional aspects of teaching.
“Only a handful of my students turn on their webcam during class. What can I do to connect with them?”
“I need more technology training on how to show images, videos, and presentations using my schools LMS.”
“My grading hours have tripled with virtual teaching, but I want to continue providing individual feedback for my students. What tools will help me do this faster?”
“When teaching virtually, I cannot tell if my students GET IT. What are ways to assess student learning online?”
“The biggest problem I’m having with my traditional students working remotely, is motivation. What should I do?”
“How can I create lessons that include content and activities that are relevant to my students lives”?
“My biggest challenge is going through existing content and adapting it for online instruction.”
“My students aren’t putting time into their classwork or homework. How do I engage them?”
Elementary Teacher at East Lyme Public Schools
“A guidebook like this is invaluable as we attempt to navigate this uncertain time... The practical ideas can be used by any teacher no matter how much instructional experience they have on virtual platforms."
Alexandra Mylonas M.A. Ed.
Foreign Language & ESL Teacher at Odyssey Charter School
“Needed more than at any time in the past, this incredibly relevant book serves as a visionary and practical guide on ways teachers can connect with their students through an online learning platform.”
Mathematics Teacher at Reach Cyber Charter School
“A must-read for teachers as they breach the world of online instruction. Dynamite Online Teacher contains a plethora of useful tips, resources, and relatable stories that can benefit new and veteran teachers alike!”
Joella G. Simmons
Youth Behavioral Specialist at The Children’s Home of Reading
“Very informative book and useful for new teachers as well as term teachers. The
information is phenomenal and helpful... as a long-term substitute teacher I feel that it really helped me to focus and create lesson plans.”
Engineer, Parent of two elementary age girls.
"There are good tools and references to current resources (and if you read the book using an online reader, the links are active!). The links help a teacher (or parent) get to helpful resources easily. I believe that creating an effective educational process for students learning remotely is so important. This book will help many to make that happen. I will be passing this on to my daughters' teachers for sure!"
Previous student of author.
"Creative and insightful. This book is a wonderful guide for teachers wanting to go the extra mile for students that are being taught virtually. I highly recommend this book at the author is one of my fabulous former teachers! She was one of the most profound, intelligent, and thoughtful teachers I’ve ever had. Her way of teaching left such a positive impact on me just like this book has!"
Artist & parent, Chicago, Illinois
"The book is well organized into 6 manageable parts. At the end of the book there is a review of all the chapters main takeaways and questions for reflection as an educator. This is a guidebook carefully constructed to give you confidence & real building blocks to navigate the fast paced world of online learning. The care with which the author leads you through the process of becoming an exemplary online educator is reassuring & guarantees success for you & your students! There are also many links to support materials in all subjects & for students with special needs. This is the ONE BOOK you need to guide you through to mastery of online teaching!"
Karen L. Conen
Educator & Parent of 4
"Attention Teachers!!! Help for your remote classroom is on the way!!! A great read for teachers searching for remote learning ideas and encouragement from an experienced educator. Good reminders sprinkled throughout that reinforce how students learn best when they can relate to what they are learning. I feel that self-directed learning is critical in a virtual environment, and this book has plenty of helpful, practical ideas. Also loved the section on SMART goals!!!"
“This book gives a comprehensive look at online teaching and all of the challenges teachers face. Dennise Heckman really understands the learner who is the center of the experience."
High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher
“I am so glad I found this book to help with this crazy time. My district is flipping back and forth from in person to remote and back again. It’s crazy. It’s nice to have a little bit of guidance as we navigate these weird times.”
Entrepreneur & Parent of two..
"'Dennise has created an interesting, easy to read book that is full of resources to help teach online. She includes tips on how to engage students, teach to those with different learning styles, and incorporates ideas on how to keep learning fun. This is a must read for anyone teaching online looking to jazz things up & make for interesting classes."
-November 23, 2020
R. R. O. Gools
Professor of Biology
"Thank you for taking the time in this difficult era of COVID to write a guide to help all of those teachers who have thrusted into an online world. It is a new and daunting experience, and it is full of all sorts of complexities that we have not faced before. Hopefully these insights will provide guidance for many of us who find ourselves in the new virtual world of the online classroom."