This is our fourth Guest Post related to the impact of school and university closings that are catapulting schools into distance teaching on the fly!
This guest post is from commenter Pika, who wrote this in the earlier guest post from A Lurker: (Thanks, Pika!)
Most of what I’m hearing from the students–especially as Lurker put it, the graduating seniors–is grief.
I asked Pika if she might be willing to write up a few things about connecting with students emotionally as so many feel adrift, ripped from friends, communities, and their physical connection to an institution about which some have complained bitterly but yet still find themselves mourning the loss of.
Take it away, Pika!
Beth A. McCoy
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of English
I’m an English professor at a public liberal arts school in Western New York. Technology is something with which I’m pretty comfortable, but like so many others I was not prepared to go all-remote for the rest of the semester.
I really appreciated A Lurker’s counsel about the perils of perfectionism, about counting what we are doing in this crisis as real LABOR, about being transparent with students, and most of all about being kind and not leaving students in “radio silence.”