7: I Don’t Present, I Teach

I don’t present,
I teach.
And sometimes that’s messy
With parts that are structured
And sometimes that means we
Diverge from what was thought of
We’re constantly assessing
Responding and progressing

I don’t present,
I teach.
So I responded, I adapted
I re-planned it all and reacted
I changed the way I taught
I tried to be interactive
I transferred it all online
And a new classroom was created

Now my flat is my office
My staff room, my workspace
I’m surrounded by soft toys
And a 1yr old all day
Who joins in all the teaching
As she thinks it’s all just play
And the OH requests permission
Before it’s “safe” to speak each day

If I were to present
And not teach
They would all be on mute
With video calls rejected
Or backgrounds on blur
And their privacy protected
With no signs of interaction
Or need for student satisfaction

But I don’t present. I teach.

Our classrooms are our spaces
And not the video calls or chats
The resources that we’re using
Are additional to all that
This is not a long term solution
Or innovation at it’s best
We’re making do of the situation
Until we return back

Published by Aniqa

🗣Using my voice to change the narrative 👩🏻‍🏫Teacher Educator • 📝Writer • 💖 Mental Health & Well-being Advocate •🇵🇰🇬🇧 Londoner •🧕🏻👨🏻‍🍳👧🏻 Family

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