A number of the points in 8 Strategies to Prevent Teaching Burnout resonated. Worth revisiting for strategies and self-review of practice.
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?
Writing books TLDR?
From Poynter, this two page PDF distills down writing.
Adding Mr Rogers Back
I keep thinking about this article https://www.middleweb.com/41193/inviting-mr-rogers-into-your-sel-classroom/ and the need to bring Mr Rogers back. I think it is more important as anxiety increases and the climate of the world continues to become more aggressive and toxic.
It may well be the missing component that has been forcibly removed on the PD death march that schools are engaged in which prioritizes everything that can help an administrator without actually leaving any time to be just a teacher.