Remote learning and working

Are you working or studying remotely?

Even though in many countries lockdowns are over and vaccination rates are high, some teaching and working are still going remote. It facilitates real-time, face-to-face communication.

However, even with the benefits of social distance in mind, many teachers, students, and workers, may still struggle due to the various problems they experience during their online classes and meetings.

To ensure that all teachers, learners, and workers understand how it works, they should take the time to familiarize themselves with the software

Lack of sufficient bandwidth (strong bandwidth)internet connection slowing down / going down / is down / is slow, and other networkrelated issues are probably some of the most common remote learning and working problems experienced by users. Some of the main signs of that include choppy audio, a video feed that keeps freezing upscreen sharing failure, and unexplained delays.

The system decides to crash, the camera doesn’t work, the microphone / mike isn’t picking up their voice, the video feed is pixelated.

So depending on their arrangement, users should have a headset, earbuds, or a recommended microphone to minimize echoes.

They should check all connections, including headset and camera, to ensure that all cables are securely connected to their respective ports.

Communicating with Colleagues Online — Common Experiences

I can’t hear you.

My Internet / connection is unstable.

I lost your connection.

I have a bad / poor connection.

You’re frozen.

You’re on mute.

It won’t load.

Share your screen.

Enter the website.

Download the file.

Edit the file.

Search the web.

Have you been able to develop a productive work or study from home routine? What are the pros and cons, the benefits and challenges of it?

To err is human, to correct is divine

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

It was written by the English poet Alexander Pope, in his poem An Essay on Criticism, in 1711, at age 23. A wise young man who remained in ill health throughout his life, read avidly and was able to support himself as a translator and writer.

But, would the “error”, the “mistake” be the problem?

Wouldn’t the problem be in the “judgment” we make on ourselves as well as on others?

According to the National Science Foundation, the average person has around 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are apparently negative and 95% of our thoughts are repetitive.

This is also true for our learning process, where “judgment” can do a lot of damage. We all make “mistakes”, as we are all, as human beings, “works in progress”.

What if we were able to stand back (not judge) and see that we are on our journey and that not choosing the best way sometimes, allows us to get to know a better one.

First let’s look at this proverb.

Below is very good listening, vocabulary, and content practice. You will hear a lot of the words and expressions we have been learning (task, figure out, solve, on the flip side, struggle, look at, discussion, looks like, procedure, leftovers, approach, worth it). Watch carefully. Take notes of the words you identify. Turn on subtitles if you need them.

To err is human – and can promote learning | Nikol Rummel shines a new light on failure in her talk and focuses on its productivity for learning. She argues that struggling can help activate relevant prior knowledge and allows us to gain a deeper understanding of a problem, and can thus prepare us for learning more successfully from subsequent instruction. 

Dr. Nikol Rummel says:

“Struggle is not only okay, it is in fact productive for learning”.

Content, context, experience

This is my commitment to you and that’s how I truly believe our work should be.

The following words guide my teaching since day # 1:

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

William Butler Yeats

I’ll offer you everything I know! I’ll be right here with you: face to face! I’ll listen to you! I’ll understand you!

You will scatter your hopes and dreams…

And I’ll care for them until they flourish…

And I truly hope you grow stronger in knowledge of our amazing English speaking world as well as to your full potential!

And try not to focus only on the journey’s end, but instead, enjoy what you are becoming along the way!

I welcome you all! We’ll create magic! At least for me: this is magic!