I’m trying something new tomorrow.
Really new, not just variation on a theme new.
I’m teaching my class in Florida while I am away in Georgia. See, I had to take a week off of school when my step-father had surgery. Couldn’t be helped and family comes before career any day. Still, it’s the week before the state writing test and I like to do a day to acknowledge how far students have come. I hate doing that the day before the test, though. Too much pressure on the kids as it is.
So I’ve turned to Edmodo.
They have a chat service that hasn’t been blocked by our state. It allows teachers to create secure chat rooms that students use for discussion. It also asks for a bare minimum of information from students. I took my classes to the library to show them how to use the service one day last week. They liked it a great deal and caught on quickly.
But I’ve never done this before. Up until now, teaching while I was out of school wasn’t an option. If you had to take a day off school, you just left the best sub plan you could. True, I couldn’t do this all week, I am here for a purpose, but if I could teach just one day…
So many questions. Will I be able to keep my students involved in a discussion when I’m not there to encourage them? Will I be able to know who’s participating and who’s just lurking? Will I be able to keep kids on task when I’m not there to give them The Look? Will our discussion be effective or just a fun activity?
Will it work?