November 3 Day 605: This Happened

It’s been 605 days since the start of the pandemic and 1004 days since the first time I taught a “hyflex” class, but today I forgot to record the zoom session. It’s too bad really, I thought it was a fun class. There were a lot of AHA! moments and great interactions from the people in the room and those attending remotely.

Group work in-person during COVID is a challenge. I believe in random groupings for the friendship and trust to spread throughout the room. Because of the need to trace possible exposures, it’s important to know who was seated near and working with whom. So mixing the groups is not prudent. However, the students attending remotely fluctuate. Today there were five. They worked together and supported each other well. I loved it.

An excerpt of today’s chat where the online group (Group 3) was so supportive and active.

Groups presented their thinking several times throughout the class. I made sure to pass the microphone to each speaker (thinking it would have a better quality of sound for the recording)–and someone different presented each time. The only problem being that nothing was being recorded.

Live and learn. At least now the students are my partners in remembering to start the recording each time.

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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