So … I’m officially on Spring Break! I chose to staycation this time around. Well not really, more like on lockdown for the next little while (until March 31st officially) but … the situation is fluid. All that to say I have a lot of time on my hands to rest, read, and reflect.
Just finished the first three days of virtual learning and here are my reflections in random order:
- Don’t expect the virtual classroom to be a replica of the “real” classroom. It just isn’t. At this point less is more. Establishing that virtual online community is everything – especially if this drags out more than we expect it to.
- Some tools work better than others. Zoom for example, I find much more useful than any Google product for the time being anyway in terms of videoconferencing.
- Seesaw Activities are super useful to organize assignments and keep a pulse on the classroom. Send back and comment features great for feedback.
- Screencastify in conjunction with Google Slides has been effective as a “morning message & daily heads up announcement.”
- There is resource overload in terms of what is available. Curate and find what works best … but I need to remember: purpose, purpose, purpose. Otherwise even online an activity with no purpose is just an activity.
- Set a schedule for what will happen when and respect those boundaries. Otherwise I easily stay connected to my screen way too long.
- Make sure everyone in the family has “a spot” for virtual working/learning and hopefully a good pair of headphones with a microphone so as to not distract the rest of the household.
- Exercise! More for the mind than the body. I know it’s not easy but get creative. Bodyweight workouts are great and don’t require equipment nor much space. Plus, you can never do too many push-ups!
- Remember that this is new for everyone. Try. Some things will work the way you expect them to. Others won’t. Take it easy on yourself. Reflect, refine, and move-on.
Will keep you posted on my reflections after starting to teach new content after break!