Non-Negotiables for our VA Classroom
1. Cameras On and Face Showing
When we are in class it is expected that everyone will have their cameras on and their whole face on the screen. The top of your head is not good enough.
2. The Teacher Can See Everything
Our DYKNOW software allows me to see everything that is on your screen at all times. I can also block websites or programs if you can't stay engaged with what we are doing. This is not your computer and nothing is private. There is always someone watching or listening to what is going on. Your behavior determines your freedom.
3.Technical Issues Are Never Your Fault
Please don't ever think it is your fault when the technology doesn't work. You will always have a chance to redo something, or be provided more time, if you need it to get something done. This is true especially at the beginning of the year when we are trying things out and getting used to how things work.
4. Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Learning
From day #1, I will remind you that it is okay to make mistakes and that mistakes are the best way to learn. We will never make fun of mistakes and will always use them as a learning tool for everyone.
5. Drinks - Yes, Food - No
Just like in a traditional classroom, it is okay to have a water bottle on your desk but it is not okay to be eating on screen.
6. Always Restart Your Computer
You should shut down, or restart, your computer every single day. In addition, when your computer is not working correctly, the only technical advice that I know of is to restart your computer. Beyond that, I will point you to the VA Help Desk.
7. Be On Time, If Not Early
We will start exactly at 9:00 and 12:50 each day. You will be marked tardy or absent if you are not here on time. My goal is to always start on time, so it is possible to get you done a couple minutes early at the end of the day. Remember, this is a goal not a promise.
8. Be Prepared
Be ready as if you were in a traditional classroom. Don't be laying in bed, don't have the cat in your lap, be dressed for school, have an appropriate background or setting, and have your microphone muted when not sharing or presenting.
9. Ask Questions
If you have a question, be sure to get an answer. Either in the class or privately, make sure you understand what we are doing, where we are going, or what is expected. I promise I will always do my best to make sure you are comfortable and confident in what you are doing.
10. Have Fun!
I like having fun and want you to enjoy school. Work is our number one priority but so is having fun while we are doing it. Even though we are not physically in the same room, we are still a community of friends, so let's enjoy our time spent together.