slice of life: last week

After a weekend of prep, that made me feel like I was planning myself out of a job, distance learning began on Monday.  Students had books, devices, internet connections. It looked good on my google classroom page that was set up with links to various learning opportunities. But, the reality was a different story.

There were technical issues. Blocked sites.  Password and class code trouble.
There was a need to re-explain.
There were times my instructions needed correction.
There were students who didn’t show up, and students who struggled.
There were countless texts, emails, and phone calls to families and students.
There were students who could do the work.
There were students who needed small group and one-on-one help.

And, there was our first whole-class meeting on Zoom.
We met pets and siblings, saw bedroom posters and stuffed animals.  As crazy as it was, it was a hit. With a little more management, Zoom meetings of various sizes could become the best way to learn electronically. Next week, we’ll do more.

My big takeaways from the week are not surprising. Social-emotional needs must be met. Always. Especially now, when kids are separated and their lives are turned upside down. Friendships and connections are first. Academics are secondary.

 

 

9 thoughts on “slice of life: last week

  1. Connections are first. I hope things settle in for you and your students. Maybe a show and tell schedule? I’m thinking of that idea now and it could be a great writing prompt idea too. 🙂

  2. Agreed! Meeting the social-emotional needs of our students is so important right now. I feel your struggle with e-learning!

  3. I think that’s what our superintendent really got right. This week focus on connections. Then we will see where we are at the end of the week. I hope there will be songs and jokes, books and surprises. I’m sorry I won’t be part of it.

  4. Your first week sounded a lot like the stories I heard from our teachers this week. I’m happy to hear you’re using Zoom. I wrote about an experience with zoom for my slice tomorrow. These connections are so important.

  5. Thank you for writing about the challenges. I know I have so much learning ahead if I’m asked to create online learning experiences. I appreciate the trailblazers!

  6. You perfectly summed up what distance learning is like. The best-laid plans don’t always work out. And I have to agree, connection always comes before academics. Best of luck next week!

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