In each edition of this newsletter, I will share five inspiring web resources from the education sector that I have curated after hours and hours of research to ensure that you have the best education coffee in your inbox. This week I have some updates about my life as a teacher and some resources related to teaching during the pandemic.
Learning on the job
I just finished 7 days of supply teaching. Here are a few lessons from the field that I learned along the way.
I love readers. Any kind of reader. And Maria Popova is a good reader. She is a really good reader. She talks about 7 things she learned while creating her hugely popular blog, “Brainpicking” in this 4-minute video.
I have been doing a lot of online teaching. I think it was heartbreaking to see kids not being able to socialize and be kids in the classroom. In Ontario, there were multiple lockdowns and kids had to move from in-person to online learning several times through the year. But there are several little moments of joy in these challenging times. This was one of them. In this video by Good Morning America, a 2nd-grade teacher at Parkland Elementary in Texas lost internet and left of her virtual classroom, her students realized the conversation was being recorded and won’t stop talking about toast.
Nina Ciatto is a middle school teacher at the center of the pandemic in Manhattan. When the Coronavirus outbreak hit, she and her fellow faculty members had to shift to an online model of teaching quickly and with limited resources and tools. A mother herself, Ciatto also learned quickly how important it was to separate her teaching from her home life and where the boundaries needed to be drawn. In this episode of Forbes Firsthand, Nina reflects on her role as a teacher in an uncertain world of teaching during the pandemic.
I started a YouTube Channel called ‘Learning Stories’. This is a show where we interview a diverse set of learners from the 21st century. Each guest profiled here has a unique story to share about how they acquired a set of valuable skills and knowledge in a creative and innovative manner. In the process, we hope to uncover a new understanding of learning as conceptualized, imagined, and narrated in these learning stories.
On Episode 3 of #LearningStories we chat with Kunal Bhan. Kunal Bhan is a Computer Engineer by training and a Professional Actor by passion. As an actor, he is known for his roles as Prince Nasir in Imperfect (2018) and Dr. Rahil Shekhar in Sanjivani (2019). He is the co-creator of short films like Meka and Azaad. Building on his background in computer engineering and video production, he also founded a digital video production company that provided advertisement film-making services for startups and corporate organizations. In today's discussion, we hope to understand what learning is like for acting professionals through Kunal's experiences in the field.