We are teaching in a pandemic. I am teaching first graders who are learning from home. I have decided to use the SOLC as a place to reflect on this experience. I hope this reflection will help me become a better teacher, a better learner, a better literacy coach, and a better person. Maybe it will help others too.
31 Things I’ve Learned from Being a Remote Grade 1 Teacher
We are nearing the end of this 31 day writing journey. I have spent most of the month trying to reflect on my experience as a remote learning teacher. Here are my big Ah Ha’s:
-All voices need to be heard.
-Having a supportive family behind a remote student makes ALL the difference.
-Teaching needs to be responsive and engaging in order to be effective.
-Teaching remotely is hard, but you can make magic happen.
-Teaching writing remotely is extra hard.
-Kids are a lot of fun.
-Choice is powerful.
-We can build community in a virtual space.
-I’ve learned a lot about math, and that is informing my literacy work.
-I couldn’t have done this work without my colleagues, friends, and family.
-It’s OK to ask for help.
-It’s OK to cry.
-I can learn lots and lots of new things, and quickly.
-It’s hard to be on Zoom for such a long time every day.
-I can push through adversity.
-I need to listen to my daughters. They are wise.
-I love to teach.
-Kids are amazing.
Spending this month writing about this experience has helped me become a better teacher, a better learner, a better literacy coach, and a better person. I hope it has helped some of you as well.