Connectivity. Ask me a few years ago about what this word means to me in my classroom and I probably would have related it back to the lack of good wifi at school. But this year, the year of extreme and constant changes in the education landscape, connectivity has become a word that I cherish and place a lot of value on.
My role as a teacher is, by definition, to help students acquire knowledge and competence. Those are the requirements of my vocation. Seems pretty easy and straightforward, right? I guess it would be if every student was cut from the same cloth. Fortunately, the people that sit in my classroom are all as unique as their fingerprints. What motivates one turns the other off. Topics that interest one disengages the others. How am I supposed to fulfill my job description now? Connectivity and relationships. I need to understand my kids, their needs, interests and personalities for my classroom to be a success, whether I’m teaching in person, online, or both.