Diverse Literature Webinar

When you read and write and demand diverse literatureโ€”it gets noticed.

Last month, I was asked to create and present a webinar on Diverse Literature.

It was my first time leading a webinarโ€”๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€” and my first time on this platform. I was incredibly nervous. I knew what I wanted to say, I knew what I had to say, but this was a new forum and presenter experience; so, I didn’t know how to present it exactly, or how it would be received. I also wasn’t sure if my previous presentation skills would transfer, or what could transfer and how to adjust other elements.

I forgot to advertise about it here, but it’s still available! And, it got good reviews–so I have added evidence to say check out: Diverse Literature: How to Make the Right Choice.

**For equity & transparency: there is a cost, no pressure if you cannot afford it. Additionally, know that more attendees does not impact compensation. I received a flat $500 payment and merely wanted to share so that if you were interested, you could attend ๐Ÿค—

Remote Learning: Cons

Look, I’m not Pollyanna. I may have started with the positive, but I can be real too.

How has (mandated) remote learning (for all) been a difficult experience?

  • All day on screens. My eyes!
  • No walking . . . minimal walking.
  • Too. Many. Platforms.
  • Distance.
  • Loading.
  • Still loading.
  • Reconnecting.

What else?

I have tutored online previously–short segments with adult learners. It was a choice.

I have used online platforms as a center option, as a reward, as a form of enrichment, as a tool for remediation. Again, though, short segments of time and it was a choice.

This is different.

And what’s even more humbling? My scope of understanding is actually limited; I’m not teaching a classroom of kids, full-time. But I’m exhausted!

So, to all the school staff and families out there navigating forums, bandwidth, and distance: I see you. I know it’s hard . . . harder than I can even understand . . .

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Remote Learning: Pros

We all have our complaints . . . and I have them too.

But are there are any good things about our current (mandated) remote learning?


Possible positive sentiments on remote learning . . .

  • No bulletin boards to maintain.
  • The weather doesn’t impact the school day.
  • There isn’t a line for the copier.
  • No school traffic–anywhere.
  • Learning for all–new systems, new platforms, new methods . . .
  • Shoes aren’t required. (I LOVE being barefoot!)
  • We’re building lessons and curriculum for the future.
  • A national conversation on the amount of work, and the true essential place of public education, has been thrust into the spotlight . . .

It was hard, difficult, to come up with this list, but I do like to frame things into a lesson, or a positive–whenever possible. It took some stretching and thinking to find these, but they seem reasonably uplifting. In other words, when I am most frustrated, or sad, I have something to reference on what I am gaining or enjoying, or what others might be gaining and enjoying, from this experience.

Do you have any other positive outcomes?

October 1.

Today we remember October 1.

Pictures from the week after October 1