Two things that popped up this week.
First, I realized that the majority of my students are new to me this year, and I have never seen their faces. I don’t know what their noses look like. I see their eyes and their hair and that’s all. Many of them, if they showed up to online lessons, left their cameras muted.
Also, it’s nearly impossible to read the room. I’m reasonably good at seeing interest, enthusiasm, and so on in the kids, especially if we’re trying something new or we’re working our way through something difficult. Now? I have to ask. And I do, and I hope to get honest answers.