Head of Marketing, Kiddom
Jennifer is Kiddom's head of marketing, a first generation college student, and forever grateful for the excellent K-12 public school education she received.
March 2020 feels like such a long time ago, when shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders first started. And while there have been no shortage of words written about the challenges that the shift to remote or hybrid work and learning brought (some of them right here on this blog!), I want to focus on something else that came out of the pandemic - new hobbies.
According to the internet, everyone picked up at least one new hobby in the last year. Whether that was baking bread, doing puzzles, making all sorts of holiday decor with items found at the Dollar Tree, or cultivating useful skills through online classes - everyone got up to something new this year. Me? I got way into TikTok.
TikTok is a video-sharing social media platform where creators share a variety of short-form (up to one minute) videos across a variety of genres. The thing that’s amazing about TikTok is their algorithm - whether you like cover songs, fantasy football fun facts, holiday design inspo, stand-up comedy, political commentary, Broadway behind the scenes, or…. I mean, anything, really, TikTok will get you figured out and serve you content that seems so specifically curated, just for you!
So, obviously, I found my way on over to #TeacherTikTok (or #TeacherTok or #TeachersOfTikTok - there doesn’t seem to be a clear hashtag consensus), where there is a huge community of dedicated, passionate educators sharing classroom stories, tech tips, classroom management strategies, and everything in between. It has been amazing to see this slice of life, to hear from teachers in their own words what teaching and learning has been like this year.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorites:
@hosdiggity AKA "Coach Hoss"
hosdiggity shows how he gave a true or false quiz but with a bit of ...spice – by changing the answers to cap or no cap (no cap being current slang for “I’m not lying”). Meeting students where they are, demonstrating how language can evolve, and having fun? Such a cool idea!
@viv.teacher.tech AKA Vivian Casillas
viv.teacher.tech shares a soundboard she found online to spice up her virtual class; using sound effects during class seems like a great way to make sure students are engaged and having fun.
@mc_choir AKA Patrick McGuire
mc_choir hopped on the sea shanty trend and wrote a killer parody about the wifi being down. (But really, can somebody fix it? He’s got grading to do!)
@pdronberger AKA Preston Dronberger
pdronberger shared a really nice story about running into a former student. (Note to self: maybe instead of TikTok, your quarantine hobby should have been thank you emails to some of your favorite teachers.)
And finally, honestteachervibes has a message for all teachers.
Let us know in the comments below and we will add them to the list!
And, as always, happy teaching and learning!
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