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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:53 PM

I'm teaching online during the pandemic

The majority of students are young (though I often have some some wonderful older students)

I began my morning class today with a very short run-down on voting and early voting -- some basic facts, and nothing partisan since it's a state school

A nice boatload of students in the class cheered this announcement and told their peers how important it is to vote



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Reply I'm teaching online during the pandemic (Original post)
struggle4progress Oct 29 OP
Nevilledog Oct 29 #1
struggle4progress Oct 29 #5
elleng Oct 29 #2
struggle4progress Oct 29 #6
sheshe2 Oct 29 #3
struggle4progress Oct 29 #7
FM123 Oct 29 #4
struggle4progress Oct 29 #9
FM123 Oct 29 #11
Rhiannon12866 Oct 29 #8
struggle4progress Oct 29 #10
Meowmee Oct 29 #12
struggle4progress Oct 29 #13
Meowmee Oct 29 #14
struggle4progress Oct 29 #15
Meowmee Oct 30 #17
struggle4progress Oct 29 #16
Pluvious Oct 30 #18
struggle4progress Oct 30 #19

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:55 PM

1. You rock!

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:58 PM

5. The kids are alright

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:56 PM

2. Nice! Thanks!

We're with you!

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:00 PM

6. Stand by me

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:56 PM

3. thank you.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:02 PM

7. When the ship comes in

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:58 PM

4. You are wonderful!

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Response to FM123 (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:06 PM

9. Here comes the sun

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:20 PM

11. Wow.

This song. Many years ago, when a beloved family member was going through a difficult time we finally received some good news about her health, prognosis was good - as I was driving home from the doctor's office this song came on the radio as if to affirm it. Thank you.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:03 PM

8. K&R and kudos to you!

What they learned today is something that will stick with them from now on - and they can pass it on to their parents.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:08 PM

10. Get up! Stand up!

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:28 PM

12. I am teaching online as well

No live videos this semester though and no set schedule. I never discuss politics/voting etc. Be very careful what you do and say- an instructor got into trouble telling her students basically, don't vote for you know who. One of her students recorded it and posted it on facebook. And I have heard stories about students taking recordings either live or pre-recorded and altering them. I have only made one instructional video so far, all the rest is written instructions, visuals and online communications.

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Response to Meowmee (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:32 PM

13. I record all my live lectures. And I've taught at state schools on and off for over forty years,

so being non-partisan with my classes is habitual by now. But I manage to have my fun with some current events anyway

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:39 PM

14. That is good

I have had bad experiences with sociopathic students so I am very cautious. Students can record you and alter it as well even if nothing partisan etc was mentioned.

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Response to Meowmee (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:55 PM

15. My working hypothesis is that students treat me the way they think I'll treat them

If they think I'm a small angry fellow, they'll do their best to act small and angry themselves, hoping for a reaction that they can use to confirm their preconception. Crooks, jerks, and liars operate on the the theory that everyone else is a crooked lying jerk. I don't try to win over everybody; I try to offer a hand to the confused, misused, and abused one-by-one; and when I get slammed, I usually aim to continue as if nothing happened. It's always a performance for the benefit of the audience, and the audience often appreciates it. A thick skin and a short memory sometimes works miracles.

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #15)

Fri Oct 30, 2020, 12:18 AM

17. That's great!

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Response to Meowmee (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:59 PM

16. Chimes of freedom

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Oct 30, 2020, 01:26 PM

18. What's that sound...

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Response to Pluvious (Reply #18)

Fri Oct 30, 2020, 01:45 PM

19. How can I keep from singing?

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