Welcome to my virtual classroom!
I have been teaching for 23 years and I am so excited for this Fall 2020, even if we do have to be immersed in distance learning. I have been spending part of the Spring and Summer semesters, teaching my students what they need to know about World History and Economics, as I have for many years now, while also learning new ways to make the material more interesting and engaging online. I am proud to say that I am now a Zoom and Googe Classroom "tech expert" and am also utilizing such innovative programs as Nearpod, Flipgrid, Newsela, BrainPop and Quizlet, when applicable. Meanwhile, this will be my ninth year for teaching my Economics Online class using the Blackboard platform. Who would have thought that this online class format, which I designed nine years ago, would be so perfect for this quarantine season.
While I understand that parents may be concerned that their children will not be in a physical classroom environment and, therefore, may not get some of their socio-emotional needs met, rest assured that I will do everything in my power to make my virtual classroom as exciting and as comfortable as possible. I believe friendships can still be made, deep insights can still be gained, and high-level thinking and learning can still occur. In fact, I believe we can use this season to our advantage and be able to utilize the available technology to make this Fall semester their best one yet!
I am more than happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Just email me at: email@example.com.
CVHS Distance Learning Zoom Etiquette and Norms:
- Always login to Clever first using your GUSD student email account. (clever.gusd.net)
- Log in on time or early if possible.
- Turn camera on and show your image, shoulders up.
- Your own first and last name must be in the Zoom window.
- Select a plain, distraction free background.
- Be respectful and act professionally.
- Use chat box for class-related messages.
- Contact your teacher using email when chat is not in use.
- Mute yourself when asked. Unmute when teacher asks you to respond.
- Avoid multi-tasking and stay focused.
- Be prepared for class with all materials.
- Maintain an organized workspace.