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Last week I had the opportunity to talk to a group of middle school teachers around creating engaging live meetings for their students. As I got off the workshop with them, I reflected on how it went and realized it was a prime example of how things might go for educators as they kick off the school year. Here are three things I was reminded of that might be helpful for the year head:

  • Mistakes are going to happen! The wrong link will be shared, the share settings won’t be right, you won’t be able to find the chat window, or loose the window you wanted to share. Use it as an opportunity to model flexibility and troubleshooting. Not only that, when you’re vulnerable with your students and troubleshoot with them, you’re building trust and community.
  • Show up as a learner! Be open to learning from your students, I learned two new things from my participants and I’m excited to give them a try. As we say at Powerful Learning Practice, none of us is as good as all of us!
  • Lean on each other! Have a question? A worry? A tech issue? A content question? Not sure how shift your in-person lesson to an engaging online session? Reach out to a colleague, a friend, your PLN ! You can also join the PLP Community Hub to connect with other educators going through the exact same thing as you right now!

I share my thoughts in the video below, wondering what is something you’re going to keep in mind for yourself as the year begins? Let us know in a comment!