I am in a unique position because I teach at four different schools. Through interactive television, I broadcast to area schools throughout the region. For the most part it works pretty well - but there are a few glitches I'm working on.
1. My eyes are terrible. The pixels on the screen make it difficult for me to see the kids, and I'm not confident that I know whom is whom.
2. The audio is troublesome for me and the students. I need to be sure to write more notes - and in print - my handwriting isn't easy to read over the tv screen - so this is not an easy task for me.
3. Because I don't know whom is whom - there isn't a real student/teacher relationship with the kids - and that's really hard for me. I really like getting to know the kids; it's really important to learning for students to believe that their teachers care about them and even know their names.
I decided I needed to meet these kids.
Before Christmas vacation, I went to one of my schools where I have 8 students in Spanish 1. I brought Allison with me because she didn't want to stay home with Natalie - (Al is a momma's girl, too) I brought donuts and their supervisor brought me some coffee... :) I was a little late, so they decided to ask permission from their next period's teachers to stay and visit with me. In that short time, I think I really got to know those kids. They entertained me a bunch that day as they told me about where they were getting their senior pictures taken - and showed me the Christmas presents they had for each other. One thing I like about this group is that they always let me talk and tell them stories - and they do a real good job and at least pretending to listen. ha!
Last week, I met with another school. I brought cookies. It really took me a long time to get their names straight. These kids are a bunch of jokers - - sometimes pretending they have a new exchange student from England - named Donna - or what have you.... I found out the glitches with them... Of all things, I need to talk louder - turns out they have a difficult time hearing me at times - ha - who knew? - I'm a loud talker and laugher - so surprise surpise there... I guess I'll have to figure out my microphone with them....
My job isn't easy.
Of course it's not - but as I'm winging my way through it - reviewing my Spanish nightly - I'll have to learn how to perfect this ITV broadcasting as well.