Last week I was back teaching in the face to face classroom for the first time in two years. Part way through welcoming everyone and laying out our plan for the day, I realized I was missing all those parts that need to be talked about after being on Zoom for so long!
On Zoom we talk about raising hands, using the chat, etc.. Now in person, we need to remind students how we feel about:
–cell phones: remind students to put their phones on silent, to avoid texting and phone calls.
-late entry: PACE has a policy of no late entry to rooms, wait for break time. In some classrooms, this has to be strictly followed, students coming late have to walk through the instructor’s work area, over their classmates and into a seat; other rooms have two doors and a student could enter and sit at the back. Tell students what you expect as we adjust to the physical space.
-raising hands: so this is just like Zoom, but to manage a class conversation, students should put up their hands.
-side conversations: this was a big thing for me, the volume and amount of side conversations while I was teaching last week or while students were presenting. Being on Zoom, I think students got used to being able to talk and text with friends, instructors will have to remind students to stop.
-missing class: while attendance is not mandatory, just like being at work, students should notify the ‘boss’ if they are going to miss class; an email to the instructor is appreciated and should be mentioned in class one as a good practice
-masks: unit the policy changes, masks are required by everyone in the University’s buildings. There are times when the mask can be removed, but sitting in class is NOT one of them. Remind students, be polite and ensure they are wearing masks.
-academic integrity: in day one or at the first assignment (or both!) remind students about the expectations on individual work, group assignments, and meeting integrity expectations. Help students to understand what is expected for the assignments to avoid issues later.
Lots of challenges as we return to the class! Many of them are just reminders of what we did before 😉