I hated virtual teaching.
I said it. I hated it.
You think it would have been easy because I am considered "tech-savvy." Integrating tech when I teach is second nature for me. So, this should have been easy. Right?
Except, I hated it.
We started our mornings with our 5 minute Waiting Room, then moved on to our Virtual Morning Meeting. We played games on Gimkit, Quizizz, 99Math, and all the new and improved sites that were meant to engage the students in the square boxes.
I worked hard to make sure the year was not a loss. (As so many seem to think. I beg to differ..)
But, something was missing.
The best tech in the world couldn't replace it.
The greeting at the door.
The buzz as students greeted friends and got ready for the day.
The gathering at the kidney table, for those who needed just a little more help.
Raised hands. "Real" ones.
Laughter. (These kids didn't laugh on ZOOM, no matter how corny my jokes were.)
The scrape of moving chairs.
Field trips. Outside. In buildings.
Walking down the hall.
Working. (Me seeing you working, or not.)
Social interactions. Aaaah yes, social interactions!
I have a few years of teaching left, and I hope I never have to teach virtually again.
My year of teaching virtually. Hated it!