Remote Teaching Tip for the Week of March 30, 2020

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Here’s a tip from the Math department. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to experiment with Zoom Breakout Rooms. Breakout Rooms are very useful for small-group discussions and collaborative work. Here is a quick video to show you how to configure breakout rooms


Like everything in remote teaching, it takes a little more time and planning, but students love collaborating and connecting with each other in smaller groups. Christine Belledin recommends creating the breakout rooms as soon as you join the meeting, and then add students to their rooms as they enter the meeting. You can do this before you start teaching class, as you are greeting the students entering the Zoom meeting.


As you are probably experiencing, being on Zoom all day is difficult and requires a different kind of focus. It can also be hard on your back. Be sure to take lots of breaks to stretch and walk! 


There’s a lot of ongoing research into how stress affects our immune systems. One of the ways some researchers think we can mitigate stress is through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Here’s a quick meditation on the free app Insight Timer that focuses on immune system resiliency


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