How the Socratic method translates online

first_img University offers coronavirus resources and help guides ‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’ Related On March 23, Harvard Law School shifted to remote teaching and learning, as part of Harvard University’s effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Harvard Law School (HLS) Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen ’02, who had never taught virtually, immediately began preparing to move her class of 115 students in “Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment” online before spring break. She taught her first class via Zoom on March 11. Harvard Law Today spoke to Gersen via email about her quick switch to remote instruction.Q&AJeannie Suk GersenHarvard Law Today:  When did you start preparing to move your class online?Jeannie Suk Gersen:  I started preparing on Tuesday [March 10] morning before spring break, as soon as we received the message from President [Larry] Bacow. I notified students that morning that we would start Zoom classes the next day. I attended a training at HLS that afternoon with my TAs, and then did an optional practice session for the class that evening. On Wednesday at 1 p.m., we were having class online, talking about the Privileges and Immunities Clause.HLT:  How did the students react?Gersen:  The students reacted quickly to jump into class on Zoom. They were terrific. My TAs were also a godsend. Students were shocked and distressed by the announcements that they would have to leave their housing — and some of them even would have to leave the country — as their semester together on campus as HLS students was at an abrupt and sad end. That was extremely stressful. I heard from students that in the midst of that week they found it comforting to become familiar with how an online class would work and to see that it would be alright. In all the uncertainty, they headed into spring break with a good sense of what our class would be like going forward.HLT: You use the Socratic method in your classes. How has that translated to online teaching?Gersen: I find Zoom to be highly compatible with Socratic teaching. It is easy to call on students and have lively exchanges with them, face to face. Several students remarked afterward that their classmates seem less nervous and more prepared while speaking on Zoom than in a large room of 115 students. I, too, found the experience of teaching on Zoom surprisingly more personable and less performative than standing at a podium at the front of a large lecture hall. An example of how in some respects online interaction might feel less distancing than in-person teaching.I have some lecture bits that I intersperse with my Socratic teaching. I found those bits harder to get through. When I’m just talking at the screen, with the students’ microphones muted (to prevent background noise), there’s no laughter to be heard at any jokes or what I think of as funny parts. It’s hard to know if you’re totally bombing and the “audience” just thinks you’re a dud! You can’t be a diva on Zoom. It is really about the conversation and exchange with students, which is fine with me.HLT: I know it’s only been a couple of days, but how has the experience been?Gersen: I know it’s supposed to be less ideal than in-person classes, but I am enjoying the experience and excited to discover new insights for pedagogy.HLT:  What are you looking forward to most as classes resume?Gersen: I’m looking forward to connecting with students, seeing their kindness and good will, and continuing to pursue knowledge and learning together as long as we can.HLT:  So many of us are working remotely now (some with a full house: kids, partner, pets). Do you have advice on managing work-life balance while working from home?Gersen: It’s OK to let some things go. But after a few days, it can also be surprisingly helpful to get out of the fetal position, change out of your pajamas, and make the bed. I say this aspirationally. Officials detail University’s battle plan to combat coronavirus while education continues center_img Students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home Information aims to give students, professors, and staff a hand with moving, remote learning, meetings, travel, financial aid, and other issues Q&A on Harvard’s move to online learninglast_img read more

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This is what $1.1m bought in Brisbane over the weekend

first_img178 James Street, New Farm Qld 4005AN ageing Brisbane fixer-upper that’s screaming for a million-dollar makeover has sold for a whopping $1.105m just hours before it was set to go to auction.The inner-city deceased estate in New Farm’s smoking hot James Street saw the seven-digit offer roll in late on Friday, hours before what was expected to be strong competition under the hammer.Agent Simone Weigall of Place New Farm said the price offered for the three bedroom, one bathroom house was well above the vendor’s reserve. The property was being sold as deceased estate. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThis home was worth $1.105m to one buyer. Retro to the max in the bathroom.“This highly sought after property sold to an investor who plans to renovate it once their children leave the nest. They currently live in the western suburbs and want to have the convenience of an inner-city lifestyle,” she said.“This is a busy time of year where we’re seeing buyers eager to secure homes ahead of Christmas and the New Year, which makes settlement periods challenging. If it’s an investment property, it also means this time of year is peak for rental departments rushing to find new tenants before the holiday period.” Neat as a pin, just somewhat dated.The home had everything from the old school rotary clothesline in the backyard to a groovy old bathroom inside, and was less than 2km from the Brisbane CBD.New Farm was “home to Italian migrants after the Second World War, and a rougher, grungier crowd in the 1980s”.New Farm has seen major gentrification in the last two decades with its median house price now $1.345m and median rent sitting at $755 a week.last_img read more

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Shania Edwards commended for winning the Courts/OECS Reading Competition

first_imgShania Edwards with her welcome bouqet and banner.Nine year old Shania Edwards of the Massacre Primary School who won the Courts/OECS Reading Competition in St. Kitts yesterday has received commendation for her excellent representation of the island.The Dominica Broadcasting Station started the reading competition held a welcome reception for Ms Edwards where she was applauded for her achievement.Parliamentary Representative for the Mahaut Constituency Rayburn Blackmoore noted how pleased he is and children are in fact products of their society.“I think what is happening here today is very significant and of course Ms Edwards is an ambassador and it is nice to have her in Dominica with such a remarkable reception. I think what we are seeing here today demonstrates clearly that a child is a product of her society and if the homes and schools do what they are supposed to do, that child will have the requisite formation to succeed. I think what is happening here today demonstrates the caliber of person that Ms Edwards is, her parents have to be commended,” he said.Mr Blackmoore further stated that this is great news for the constituency considering the damage suffered during the passage of Tropical Storm Ophelia which could have been traumatizing for Shania.Hon Rayburn Blackmoore with Shania Edwards and students of the Massacre Primary School.“Today I am very happy; we all know what transpired a couple weeks ago in Massacre, Mahaut, Canefield, Campbell and Dominica by extension. She lives close to the river in Checkhall and of course that could be traumatic her and having experienced that traumatic situation to have gone overseas and to have won demonstrates the type of person she is and I think it speaks volumes to the commitment of the teachers and I want to commend the effort of the principal Mrs. Cynthia Morvan”.In related news, Education Officer West in the Ministry of Education Margaret Royer noted that she hopes this will serve as a boost to other students as well as the ministry’s strategic priority of literacy.“Today as a ministry official, we are very elated. Yesterday we listened; some of us and we were so happy to hear that Dominica had won and I am very, very happy as district officer to be part of this moment. One of our strategic priorities is to look at the area of literacy and so having Shania do well at that reading competition is a great boost for that and I do hope that it will serve as a great boost for the other children to take part next year,” she said.Mrs Royer also noted that this should be an impetus for Dominica to perform even better at the competition next year which is scheduled to be hosted on island.Principal of the Massacre Primary School Mrs Cynthia Morvan commended the efforts of the teachers who according to her always put children before self.“This is a great day for Massacre school and Dominica by extension. We are on top of the world, everybody is happy and I want to thank the teachers of Massacre Primary School; that’s a solid team, a team which always put children before self. I hope we can keep it up at Massacre School, continue making our parl rep proud, our parents proud, our children proud and Dominica by extension,” she said.Mrs Morvan further wished success to organizers for the continuance of the competition; “I wish DBS and Courts success as they continue along the years and I hope they let it last, this growing competition so that our children will feel to continue reading.Mrs Morvan who will be retiring soon was also commended for her efforts by Mr Blackmoore as he says she is a remarkable principal and Dominican. Ms Edwards also thanked all for their support as well as the welcome reception.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 246 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary Shania Edwards commended for winning the Courts/OECS Reading Competition by: – October 21, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Lagos Set for CAF Beach Soccer Championship

first_imgWith few days to the 2016 CAF Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations /2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifiers to be held at Eko Atlantic, the Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to host a hitch free and glamorous tournament, from Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 December.The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations is the main international championship for beach soccer in Africa, mirroring that of the Africa Cup of Nations in association football, aiming to crown the best nation on the continent.The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament. They are Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Morocco and Senegal. The State Government through Lagos State Sports Commission says it will leave nothing to chance not only to give the visiting African teams, coaches, and officials of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) the best of Lagos hospitality, but also ensure that the competition meets up to the standard expected.The Sports Commission has since swung into action with the inauguration of various sub-committees to work with the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) and other relevant authorities of CAF for the competition.The transport and security sub-committees are shuttling the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja to receive the delegates coming for the event even as nine CAF officials arrived from Cairo on Friday.The Nigerian team, Super Sand Eagles will move into the Eko Hotel on today from their camp.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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