Words from Kate
Seesaw and Zoom showed me that ...
...sometimes online learning enabled me to give more individual attention to each student. I loved being able to hear one student at a time speaking some French (there are some really great accents), reading me an original poem or answering a question. I loved being able to reply to each offering in writing and in a recording of my heartfelt and immediate reaction to their words. I have been trying to continue that sort of feedback since we resumed; it’s tough.
...sometimes you need to stay really quiet, because someone else is having their turn and if you make any noise, the microphone will pick it up and interrupt. Yes, it is possible to mute, but then you feel a bit out of the conversation. In group discussions in the classroom, the same listening techniques and full concentration are always valuable.
...because they were comfortable and secure in their own homes, some students showed more confidence in speaking French, presenting their poems or sharing thoughts. I felt close even though we were online.
There were good points about being at home. I wrote a lot more poems, did heaps of sewing and mending, read some fantastic books and went for lovely walks and bike rides. However, I was very glad to be back amongst the spontaneity and immediacy of the classroom, and yes, even glad of the noise.
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