May 6 Day 59: Interaction Achievement Unlocked

Online remote teaching days that feel the most successful have lots of positive interaction between me and my students. Today was perhaps one of the best in a long while. My students are agile and moved with me as I switch between technologies. Here is today’s inventory:

  1. Google slide where students indicated standards they most wanted to review before this week’s standard based assessments and starting new material.

2. Canvas discussion board where each Zoom breakout room is assigned to post a solution. Room members are individually responsible for posting one piece of the process and answering questions.

3. Shared whiteboard screen where everyone contributed to graphing an exponential function. It mimicked a real whiteboard activity that I might do in class.

4. Troubleshooting issues with a graphing problem in the online homework system in real time.

5. A Desmos workbook to visually explore transformations applied to exponential functions.

It all happened during a synchronous Zoom class meeting, sharing screens of computers, iPads, and annotating said screens.

Most students seemed genuinely engaged. The goal wasn’t to flaunt technology but to have authentic interaction. I call this a win.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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