“This year is challenging, but I really think I’m getting into the swing of remote teaching. It is fun to try something new and the small successes when it all goes right is rewarding! I have been able to set up a classroom at home (with a physical white board and webcam) where I can move around and feel active rather than sitting in front of the computer which seems to help my engagement level with students. I also (as someone that still uses a flip-phone and never engages in social media) am so pleasantly surprised that I’ve been able to actually build relationships and get to know students who I have never seen face to face (and are even thousands of miles away in China)! The crazy format has also forced organization and structure that I’ve been wanting to achieve for so long. It makes for a lot of extra weekend work, but I think it is not in vain and I will be happy for it in the future (or to pass on curriculum to another teacher who might take a section of these courses in the future). What I’m saying is that I definitely am growing in a positive way through this experience.
“In addition, I have been so impressed and touched by the Bapst students. They are amazing! For the most part, they are showing adaptability, patience, and flexibility. My students also feel so engaged! In some cases, I think they are paying better attention to Zoom lectures than in the past when I was in the classroom! Some days are better than others, but overall, I just feel proud of them.”
-Dr. Tanya Lubansky