💬 Relief Sets In: Teaching Amidst Coronavirus

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the thing that stood out for me was how many great things we have prepared for our students. Now that the school wheel is no longer turning like it used to, there’s no room for fluff – we are thinking about what’s essential. What has to stay. What is worth the effort to get through to our students from a distance. What message we want to send about learning. And it’s good.

Our kids will be

-setting intentions for each day… developing the learning asset of managing their own time.

-collaborating with peers to figure out how to attack problems and give each other feedback.

-undertaking a beautiful balance of game-based, problem solving, investigative maths.

-reflecting on their learning… what made them happy, what was difficult, where to next…

-checking in with teachers often – teachers who will meet students where they are and gently guide their next steps.

-undertaking their own investigations and projects based on their interests.

-publishing and sharing their projects, investigations and ideas with an authentic audience (peers, families, communities).

This is the kind of learning we should have been facilitating all along.

And not a worksheet in sight.

Thank you for pulling yourself out of paralysis to post Emily. With so much written about technology and synchronicity, it was refreshing to have something from a pedagogical perspective. I must admit that after finishing the post I kept thinking ‘yeah but’, then realising that I was caught up in my own prejudices. It also reminds me of a provocation from Edna Sackson, who asks:

What if, instead of trying to replicate or reinvent school, we allowed this to be a time of creativity? What if we took advantage of the way limitations can encourage innovation?

2 responses on “💬 Relief Sets In: Teaching Amidst Coronavirus”

  1. Thanks for Edna’s post – I hadn’t seen it. I’m only a few days in but already I’m thinking about what I’ll do SO differently when we’re back in the classroom, to try and capture a bit of what’s happening remotely. This really feels like a chance to think about what school COULD look like.

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