Since we heard about the possibility of moving to online classes because of the coronavirus outbreak I have done a lot of reflection on my teaching practices, style and implementation of information. As a Social Studies teacher with three diﬀerent classes this has proven to be a major task which requires constant change and adaptations. At first I thought it was going to be much easier staying at home and delivering my lessons in a comfortable environment. However, it quickly came to my attention that teaching online takes a lot more work and eﬀort especially with our students learning a second language。To engage students I have zoom question and answer sessions twice a week. Furthermore, I have made myself available on WeChat to answer any additional questions which sometimes extends late into the evening. Also, I have had to learn to use Moodle in new ways for quizzes, forums and assignments. This has forced me to get out of comfort zone and learn new ways to deliver content and assessments. Another tool I have used is video recording of lessons to help deliver information similar to a regular classroom. From my student feedback it seems that these methods have helped to minimize stress and feelings of hopelessness. Giving feedback on learning has been the most diﬃcult as I like to write or have conversations with students about what can be improved such as paragraph writing.
I truly miss going to school and interacting with my students in a face to face manner and seeing the enjoyment and engagement. This is a very diﬃcult time for everyone but teachers are trying their best to help educator our students and be available. When I went to teachers college we never learned about how to conduct a full course online and this has been a lot of trial and error with new technologies, software and lesson delivery. This is not an ideal learning environment but we all need to remember to be safe and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak. We will all get through this time and look towards the end goal of educating our future generation leaders.
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