I really appreciate the readings from week three – especially “Small” Teaching Online by Doug Lederman. In particular, his point that “we struggle to know what good teaching and learning looks like in online classes” really resonated with me. As a trumpet teacher, I cannot expect my students to play with a beautiful sound if they have never head a beautiful trumpet sound before. As a novice to online teaching and learning experiences, I am seeing for the first time the possibilities of what this can look like, especially when thoughtfully presented as is the case with DigPINS. I am hearing the music for the first time, so to speak.
In this spirit of “small” and making progress incrementally, I am writing this post. I have been contemplating the readings and your posts in previous weeks, but have been reluctant to join the conversation. Part of this is my own inexperience in the digital environment. However, it makes me wonder about one of Lederman’s assertions that “every student has a voice online”. As a student, I was always eager to discuss and ask questions in a traditional classroom setting. But, I am finding I have allowed myself essentially no voice in the written conversation over the last few weeks. In the same way that we all have certain ways of reaching students who are reluctant participators in a traditional classroom, how can we help students who are reluctant participators in the digital environment?