TEACHERTALK: Connecting with Students Through Humor, Sincerity, Passion

America’s teachers have long been creative in finding ways to make connections with their students to help ensure that the children in their classrooms absorb the lessons they’re trying to share.

But when those classrooms became remote connections via videoconference, teachers found they had to up their games just to make sure they had the students’ attention.

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“Digication”

Growing up, my grandmother would tell stories of her daily voyage to school nestled in rural south India.

Where she grew up, there was no school bus to pick her up and deliver her to the front door of the school. Instead, she trekked miles of rough terrain to reach her destination: education.

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Lessons Learned: On Life and Working from Home

After nearly 20 years of living and working in Manhattan, 9/11 happened.  It was jolting and jarring and had a big impact on my life – both personally and professionally.   The current emotional energy of COVID-19 brings me back to that time.  While the events are completely different, the emotions are strikingly similar:  fear, uncertainty, love, compassion, helplessness and urgency.

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