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On the Value of Learning About Your Students

I was reading What I Am Learning About My Students During an Impossible Semester by Jim Lang after searching for a value related assignment to restart my classes as we go back to work online while @home during the COVID19 #StayHomeSaveLives event. It was worth reading before I get going today, frames how I want to approach restarting, at least to try.

What I intend to attempt is to ask this question, framed for this time:

“What are you good at in school?” I asked. “What do you care about in terms of your academic work? Do you love to participate in class? Are you a good leader on group projects? This is an English class, but maybe your strength is with statistics or math. If so, tell me about it. If I know about what you’re good at, maybe we can find a way for you to use it in this course.”

https://chroniclevitae.com/news/2328-what-i-am-learning-about-my-students-during-an-impossible-semester?cid=VTEVPMSED1

Could be reframed for a full start as:

What are you good at in school? What do you care about in terms of your academic work? Do you love to participate in class? Are you a good leader on group projects? This is an Computer Science class, but maybe your strength is with English or Choir. If so, tell me about it. If I know about what you’re good at, maybe we can find a way for you to use it in this course.

But for a Q4 restart as:

OPTIONAL: What have you found you are good at during the #StayHomeSaveLives event? What do you care about in terms of your academic work and future? What values do you think are important for people to show during this situation?

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