Humanize me How I Found My inner online human- by Meg Phelps

I have to say I leaned so much more from this class than I expected to. To be more specific, I feel much more empowered than I thought I would. I genuinely thought I might explore a few new tools, add a few bells and whistles, and check off a few boxes that "humanized" my class. But it has had a much more fundamental impact on my as a teacher; in a word, I feel more human. Firstly, I learned to let go of my inner critic and embrace a little bit of imperfection. I have always let my overly critical self-judge prevent me from making an "amateurish" video, especially one of myself. But when I participated in the first discussion with a video, it really wasn't that bad! I see now that being imperfect makes me more "human" to my students; I can go ahead and make that weekly 'hello' video, test out a new tool, or experiment with assignment strategies. Sure, I might not be all polished perfection, but that will let them see a little of my personality, and also model a fearlessness that I hope they will try, too. The second important take away is that my tangible presence matters so much more than I thought. I was guilty of trying to be a neutral voice with a professional (aka sterile) presentation of content. I see now that being active, responsive, present, and empathetic is so vital to the course and my students. I leave with a renewed sense of purpose, and an enthusiasm to try some new tactics online. Thanks Michelle, for a great course!

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