Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The final installment . . . . I keep several whiteboards close by my chair so I can grab them at the right moments to show them to students on the easel next to my desk (and in front of the camera). As I've blogged about before (here and here), this requires a lot more prep and planning on my part since I have to consider before class starts how I want to use the whiteboards and what I want to write on them in contrast to a traditional, face-to-face classroom where it all flows much more extemporaneously.
So that's the solution I've come up with to try to recreate the engagement, physicality, and connection between teacher and students in a traditional classroom given that we're all required to teach via Zoom. My students said they've liked my approach, especially given the alternative of a class consisting entirely of slides and screen-shares. But I'd also love to hear what you've done to address the challenges of teaching via Zoom (especially in a skills course like LRW) and, if you're interested and willing to share, please note in the comments below your ideas, strategies and approaches.