A few words of encouragement for teachers across the world
If you have spent any time on Twitter, you have probably come across something Alice Keeler has written.
For more than a decade Alice has been sharing innovative ideas for teaching with technology.
Alice is a dynamic speaker, a passionate educator, and author of 7 books.
After exchanging a string of early morning text messages discussing the impact of the viral epidemic on teachers, students, and school districts, we decided to record this podcast episode give you some encouragement and hope during these challenging times.
I hope you will listen to our conversation, but here’s the summary: remote teaching is NOT online school.
We did it! ?
After the initial shock of being told schools would be shut down for an extended period of time, teachers rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
In a matter of days, teachers (like you!) quickly converted their face-to-face courses into virtual courses.
What you were able to accomplish in an incredibly short period of time with virtually no warning or time to prepare is truly remarkable.
You did it!
Now what? ?♂️
The initial shock and excitement (for lack of a better word) has worn off.
As we all settle into our new “routine,” it’s normal to ask “now what.”
- How am I going to teach Algebra online to a bunch of students who were struggling in a normal classroom?
- How in the world am I going to help a group of 9th graders write a research paper?
- When am I going to connect with all 30 of my 3rd graders?
- Who is going to help my students with learning disabilities?
The reality of the situation is starting to sink in for teachers, students, and parents.
Now it begins… ?
Both Alice and I taught in fully online schools.
We understand how difficult online teaching is.
During our conversation we share some thoughts and ideas that we hope will encourage you during this difficult situation.
More than anything, we want you to extend lots of grace and patience to yourself and your students.
Remote teaching is not online school.