#SOL20 Day 23: Planning this week’s online lessons is a bumpy ride!
I spent all week reading googling articles, searching twitter and facebook, scanning educational apps and reading TWT blogs trying to gather material to post for my student’s learning next week. Beyond the challenging technology aspect of it, I felt totally overwhelmed. There was so much to choose from. The Cincinnati Zoo’s live animal of the day, Mo Williams doodle workshop….People were being so creative and generous in sharing their expertise online.
How can I sort through all this? I wondered. I should be better than this. I’ve been teaching for so long. Why am I so overwhelmed and lost, I scolded myself as I continued to spend hours upon hours on my computer feeling like I’d accomplished nothing!
I had arranged to discuss Monday’s assignments with my three fifth grade colleagues on Sunday at one o’clock. My colleagues are younger and much more technologically savvy than I am.
I decided to attempt to plan the google meet. I read the directions from an old email my principal had sent and gave it a shot. Surprisingly, before I knew it, I had three familiar faces on my chrome book as each one accepted the invitation. (I think they were shocked too at my ability to arrange the gathering!)
We spent over three hours planning and there’s still more to accomplish.
I’ve come to realize that teaching online is harder than teaching in the classroom. But, I’m determined to embrace this challenge and rise to the occasion. This will surely be a bumpy ride!
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