Looking Forward…

As I sit in my makeshift office, instead of jumping around in my classroom, trying to plan activities which can engage my students from afar, I can’t help but think about how my students are dealing with this isolation and fear. I am sitting in front of my computer trying to come up with a list of objectives and time and again I keep coming back to critical thinking and problem solving instead of algebra and geometry as objectives for my lessons.
Everywhere on the internet I see people talking about the growth of the COVID-19 virus and how to turn it into a lesson or activity and all I can think of is the need for out of the box thinkers and problem solvers in this world. That is not to say that understanding the growth pattern is not important but I believe it is perhaps more imporatant to analyze what we could have done as humans to help the situation, what we can do now.
That is what I want to teach my students. That is the lesson I would like us to take from these unprecedented times. This is the time for us to be creative, to be courageous, to collaborate, to find peace and beauty in things we usually would not…
I can not think of a better medium than mathematics to do just that. I am taking this time to prepare, for whenever I see my students, to teach with a focus on life skills. I am taking this time to solidify my resolve of not getting bogged down by the need for tests and quizzes, but create assessments which teach my students the life skills I want them to leave school with, be it partner tasks or project based assessments, or designing a solution for a real world problem. I am taking this time to teach via exploration, to focus on inquiry more than the procedure. 
If you can think of any activity, lesson, assessment idea which I can use for my high school students, I am all ears. Please reach out. We are in this together. I would be happy to brainstorm ideas.

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