A behind the scene snapshot: Computer on the table but for the kids to see me fully, I have to back all the way up and try not to step on any toys!
"Ms. Ellyzabeth, you're muted!"
Everyone over the last year has heard the phrase "You're muted!" Nowadays I judge how well my class went by three things: 1. How many times I unmuted myself before starting to talk. 2. If I got the camera angle right. 3. The kids' responses.
CDE is currently teaching during the day at 3 schools, with 9 teaching artists on staff. Teaching looks very different for us currently. It's been a bit more challenging to adapt. For instance, we have to consider the space that both the students and us teachers are in. Finding the right camera angle when you are doing a stretch on the floor, teaching yoga and moving the camera up and down has become a dance in itself.
I pop in daily for 15 minutes to a classroom, and it is a break from my administrative work to see the kids' faces and sing a song, dance a story and remember why, when the class is over, I'm doing the admin stuff.
Over the next couple of weeks on our blog I will talk about what it's like from the teaching artists point of view. Take a moment to read about some of our funny stories as well as the challenges.
Written by the Executive Director, Ellyzabeth Adler, Artistic Director, Sara Maslanka and our many teaching artists