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Coronavirus Days--Week 26

This week proved a bit challenging, teaching and working in remoteland. I find myself increasingly perplexed at trying to read students in a Zoom environment, especially when many don't have their video on. When I assign a short thing to work on for several minutes, I can't really gauge when they're finished, like I might in the classroom, noticing if they were fidgeting or had put their pen down. Fortunately, some do have their video on, so I use them as my guide. Sometimes I imagine I'm telling a joke, and I don't know if it's falling flat. I can't hear laughter when I am talking. It's not all dire, though. I get to see some faces and build relationships. Most students show up each week, eager to learn and be engaged. It's me who needs a new bag of teaching tricks. It's me who is constantly questioning if my approach is working. I am once again, some 20+ years later, a neurotic new teacher in the classroom.That's uncomfortable. The self-d…

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