Dean Shareski and I got together and had a little chat about teaching and learning during a global pandemic.
Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and get comfy! Let’s consider what we can change to make this experience a time of learning and joy, rather than one of pressure and stress.
Topics discussed include:
- Not business as usual but business as unusual.
- Rushing to get it up and out the door but at what expense?
- Personalized learning and equity- let’s face them head-on.
- Superintendents and other leaders in general are trying really hard.
- Let’s acknowledge the readiness of where people are right now.
- It is a time of grace. We need to give grace to all involved.
- There is value in unschooling during this time.
- Let’s let kids chase their passion.
- Equity and privilege.
- No one is going to die if we do not do school for a couple months.
- We need to honor the grieving process. Everyone grieves differently.
- Your job now is teaching children and not subjects.
- Math is not your priority right now. You are not a math teacher right now. You are another caring adult in their lives.
- Let’s focus on equity. Let’s think about different homes and values during our everyone learns at home now.
- Rise in child abuse because of added stress.
- What if we had a “choose your own adventure” approach. Some choose remote learning, some not.
- Let’s let kids gain an appreciation for the arts during this time. How about self expression using various mediums.
- Teachers can give permission for this kind of learning to happen.
- Feedback hats rather than assessment lens.
- Equity problem will not be fixed during this time. But it will come to light. Acknowledge that the issues exist.
- What are ways you can let your students know you care about them.
- Kids need to know their is another adult in their life that cares about them.
- Educational leaders can create legacy through data collection during this time.
- Measure now what you want to change when we come back together.
- How do we empower significant, positive change as a result of what we learn along the way?
- Let’s collect data that shows– How does home life impact student learning?
- How can educators make a contribution during a time like this?
- It is the perfect time to look at how teachers are different and have different needs.
- Expectations should vary because of our situations. We should want to make teachers comfortable.
- Look at the whole teacher. Differentiation for teachers.
- Community will help us get through this.
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