Counting today, there are four more days of classes until a 13 day break. What a first semester it has been. This has been the craziest year of teaching in my 20 plus years and in some ways the most rewarding. I am so proud of the moms in my Family Literacy Class!!! They have learned a lot, not only English but also technology.
The first few weeks I used a strategy with the in class students. During conversation practice, I had the moms, who had not joined via Zoom in April and May, come to the front and join me with the students remote learning. By doing so, it allowed for them to become curious about Zoom and they began to ask questions which led to me showing them how to use Zoom.
Now they log onto Zoom quickly when I tell them to do so. They have also learned other programs for learning English and for reading with their children. They have blossomed.
If I had pushed them on the issue, they might have been resistant. But by creating a situation where they could observe and ask me, they had ownership in the choice to learn.
God gives us opportunities to learn and grow. He has created us with abilities and talents and gives us opportunities to explore them and learn as we go.
He has done that for me even during this pandemic. I have gained new skills as a teacher, in ministry, and in life. My desire is to incorporate the skills gained into my teaching and ministry after the pandemic is over.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.