Hopefully, this post will give you a better understanding of who I am as a person outside of being your instructor

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Usually on the very first day of college classes, instructors do a “get to know me” activity on syllabus day. And, usually this “get to know me” activity happens in a physical classroom where everyone can see our unmasked faces. Unfortunately, this semester is quite different. Our main mode of instruction will be asynchronous online; our class is broken up into four groups, so the max number of people in class will be around seven people; we’re required to wear masks in the classroom; and we will never have the opportunity to meet as an entire class.

So, how can we circumvent this unprecedented semester and come together–as much as possible–as a class?

https://profgarnerenglishcomp.wordpress.com/2020/08/25/about-me

Our education system trains us not to work in teams but as individuals to the extent that students compete with each other and start hiding their work as well as marks

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Surprisingly when we get into the world of work, one of the traits that is required is team work. People start struggling with working well in teams to the extent that people on the same team start competing against each other to impress their bosses. How much more results can be achieved in an environment where each individual is contributing their strengths, abilities and skills in the team.

https://gloriousrehema.home.blog/2020/08/26/we-can-work-well-with-others

As educators, we should be designing learning activities that are hands-on, active, and applied; that provide students with a lot of voice and choice; that allow them to be creative; that foster their critical thinking and problem-solving skills; that let them share, communicate, and collaborate; that provide opportunities for them to tap into their interests and passions; that give them chances to use technology in interesting ways; that connect them in meaningful ways with outside experts, organizations, and local communities; and so on…

Keywords: coronavirus chronicles , leadership , learning , online learning , teaching , vision , leadership and vision , learning and teaching

All of our students deserve deeper learning opportunities, even during a pandemic.

http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2020/07/design-for-high-engagement-this-fall.html

King For A Day is not something we will be trying again for a few years

Keywords: behavior , positive behavior , positive reinforcement , praise

I read a few articles on how to help him and took the suggestion from a mom/PHD to crown him king for the day. As king, he would choose what we ate, where we ate, what we wore, etc. It was going to an epic day of fun and laughter. In less than thirty minutes of me crowning him after he woke up in the morning, we were both screaming at each other while Michael laughed at my epic fail. As king, Hobert hard decided he didn’t have to be nice to anyone, he didn’t have to do anything, and the undesirable behavior I was trying to fix was only amplified.

https://vitaminmessy.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/positive-behavior-reinforcement

Not only can I not go on campus for wifi right now, but the entirety of my education lifeline now depends on the internet

Keywords: apartment, balance, connection, coronavirus, COVID-19, essential worker, internet, living alone, modem, professor, student, wasteland, web, wifi, zoom

Let this be a message to professors. We are trying our best. Sometimes situations make it hard for us to do our best work. I hope professors are able to recognize that and forget this semester.

I miss my students so much it hurts

Keywords: coronavirus, distance learning, education, first grade, joy, school closures, teacher

The next time you scroll through your camera roll– and I know that you will– allow room for both feelings of sadness AND gratitude. When you are meeting your students online to connect and engage with them, tell them that you miss them and that you wish you could be together in the classroom, but don’t forget to also remind them how lucky you are to still see their smiles and hear their voices. When your eyes fill with tears and your stomach turns to knots when thinking about how you may not end the school year or get a sense of closure with your group of kiddos, remind yourself of this quote from Winnie the Pooh: “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

https://josiewebercom.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/what-cant-be-taken-away

Teacher questions what authority some sites have to put out a list of educational apps when they are not affiliated with the educational world in a teaching context

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“Educational” is a very wide spanning term – what I feel as a grade 5/6 teacher in a community is relevant and useful is WORLDS away from what I would have chosen last year, teaching grade 2/3 in a more affluent community.  What one person deems educational, another can find childish and not worth the time.  Some apps claim one thing and then you download them and it’s something completely different – especially in the context of school.

https://thehackelhub.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/to-app-or-not-to-app-that-is-the-question