✔️ Calm ✔️ Skill

About this Seminar

Whether you've been teaching remotely for months or you're preparing to for the first time, you know that it comes with a host of challenges and stressors. The reassuring wisdom of this seminar, combined with the concrete techniques offered, can help you take on your classes more calmly and more skillfully.

Background: In the Fall of 2020, Claudia Elliott of Growing with Proficiency invited Justin Slocum Bailey of TeachHuman to share ideas for remote teaching with members of her group. The conversation is now available to TeachHuman Site-Wide Pass members, organized and annotated as the eight shorter videos listed below, and remains valuable as schools continue to serve students with various kinds of remote instruction.

Some of the ideas are specific to world language instruction, but most apply to other subjects as well.

Wisdom & Techniques for Remote Teaching is available as part of the Site-Wide Pass, which provides full access to all current and future content on this site. Right now, you can get the Pass at the Founding Member rate!


What's in the Conversation?

  • 01


    • Introduction

  • 02

    3 Guiding Principles

    • 3 Guiding Principles

  • 03

    Q & A about the Principles

    • Q & A about the Principles

  • 04

    Nuanced Approaches to Participation

    • ...including silver linings and camera issues!

  • 05

    Class Rhythms & High-Quality Interactions

    • Class Rhythms & High-Quality Interactions, part A

    • Class Rhythms & High-Quality Interactions, part B

  • 06

    Student Jobs & Working Memory

    • Student Jobs & Working Memory

  • 07

    Relationships, Vulnerability, & Overcoming Frustration

    • Relationships, Vulnerability, & Overcoming Frustration

What People Say

Feedback on Justin's courses and training

One of the most inspiring teachers, and humans, I've had the pleasure of knowing.

Justin has astonishing vision for big-picture language-learning goals and how to achieve them through day-to-day, small-picture processes.

Justin Slocum Bailey is the ultimate educator.

JSB is my new hero. I mean, I really enjoyed watching him work and hearing him speak. He's authentic, intelligent, sincere. The real deal.

Justin’s enthusiasm and sense of humor were amazing!

Justin should be the keynote speaker at every conference!

I truly didn’t want today to end! This is the type of professional development that teachers crave.

One of the best speakers I have seen in my entire career!!

My new mantra is "Teach like JSB is watching!"

Awesome energy!

Justin's ease with students is pure magic.

Whenever I face a pedagogical decision, however big or small, I ask myself, "What would Justin do?"

Holy gifted batman! Justin's command of a classroom is amazing.

I learned a mountain of wonderful strategies!

He was so engaging and so entertaining. SUCH a great speaker and so inspirational!

I've never met a teacher more excited for or more skilled at teaching a language through whatever methods work for his students, whether they be formal and traditional or cutting-edge.

Justin was great. I like that he is animated, yet low-key. He inspired me to recommit to a focus on communication as the essential task in my classes.

Quería darte las gracias por la clase de hoy, en verdad fue muy divertido e inspirador. Estaré al pendiente de tu vuelta a México para volver a tomar otro taller. ¡Gracias!

Ausgezeichnet! Your energy and true caring shone through so beautifully.

Justin is an amazing presenter.

One of the greatest teachers I have ever encountered.

His enthusiasm and engagement model so well.

You treated everyone in the class like they mattered PERSONALLY to you. You looked them in the eyes, you remembered their names, you TOLD them they were interesting. You were laughing, they were laughing, and you let the mistakes be part of the fun. Their successes were yours - you were EXCITED by their success.

What I appreciated most was the specific activities I learned, combined with Justin’s willingness to engage with our questions and ideas.

An amazing experience.

Justin's presentation freed me up to do what I have long felt was best.

Your (Justin's) exemplary skills + empathy + humor. An inspiring model.

A totally accomplished and expert presenter! I will be studying this presentation in depth.

The kind of teacher/presenter I'd like to have a beer with.

I learned by experience that I really can do this!