What a week it has been! Coronavirus is sweeping the nation, the continent and the world. No one is safe and now we are in lockdown. For me, that has meant being at home and manning the digital platforms for the children that I teach. I have been learning how to distance-teach and engage with my classes in an entirely different way. I don’t know about you, but I am quite a social being, which is why I probably went into education. I love interacting with the children I teach and the colleagues I work with but this week has been strangely silent.
No laughter, no banter, just me and my MacBook.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on my blog about following on social media being like a virtual smile. Little did I know how important those smiles would become in less than a month. Now, more than ever, as I sit at home on my laptops, I need to feel part of a wider community. This will be vital for my wellbeing in the days to come. By following people, I am growing my own personal learning network (PLN) and widening my circles. I am meeting new people and engaging in new forums. What a wonderful thing to be able to do now, when my daily routine has been completely up-ended and the country is in lock-down. I would urge everyone to do the same – you are not alone.
Start by joining #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites which runs all day Tuesday and #FFBWednesday which runs all day Wednesday. Comment and follow everyone in the thread – they should (hopefully) follow you back. Virtual smiles all round!
As the saying goes “A smile costs nothing…” and currently in this mad, mad world, it might mean everything to the person at the other end. Read the original post here – Read the whole blog here.
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