Going through the pre-year training sessions, I find myself excited, but also a bit depressed: no mingling? No running dictations? No crafts? It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.
Then what’s so good about the post-Covid socially distanced classroom?
- The 1.5-2m bubble around every learner will create a natural information gap (learners won’t be able to look into each other’s books or whisper in L1 anymore) – I have to thank colleague R*** for this positive thought.
- Showing more stuff on IWB will make our f2f teaching more paperless than ever – yay for saving more trees.
- Electronic assignment submissions is here to stay – no-hassle student portfolios and a greater sense of progress.
- Personal miniboards and big-letter writing might become a thing again – great for motor memory and owning one’s learning.
- And all the backchannelling apps that will have to be used!
By the way, after one of our LAMSIG panels in June Sandy Millin wrote a great post about this – not to be missed.