This post is by an online educator and I really agree with what she has to say. As a learning coach, I know how hard our teachers work and truly appreciate everything they do!
Last week I happened to be speaking to the parents of a friend, one of whom is a lifetime educator. As inevitably happens, the conversation turned to my job. The conversation went something like this:
Traditional Educator: Are you able to see your students, and can they see you?
Me: Yes, we do have webcam capability, but I find it tends to be more distracting than useful so I tend not to use it.
Traditional Educator: How are you able to teach without seeing each other? How do you know if they’re working if you can’t see what they’re doing?
Me: Well, I am able to interact with my students in our live sessions through a virtual whiteboard and application sharing, and I get a pretty good idea of who is working and learning by assessing their work, just like in a traditional classroom.
Traditional Educator: But, how are you…
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