I’ve always liked talking to students, even if they’re “in trouble.” I find it healing for me and for them. I “channel my inner Mr. Rogers,” and try to see the world from a kid’s perspective.
When we moved to remote learning last month, I knew we had use video to bring our presence to the students—our inner “Mr. Rogers.” We scheduled bi-weekly video conferences with classes (“office hours”) and taught teachers how to make video lessons.
However, at the beginning, a few teachers were camera-shy and made video lessons without their faces showing (the “screencasting” program we’re using gives the option of presenting a lesson with or without a video image of the presenter, so kids might just hear a voice narrating a Powerpoint). I made two points to the teachers: one, in a school of English Language Learners, it’s crucial for kids to both hear and see the language being spoken. Two, the kids miss us. Continue reading