A synthesis tweet of #pedagogy takes I've seen and agreed with over the past week: plan something way different for next semester. A pedagogy of PAUSE. The opposite of lean in. Slow it way down. Stop and check in. Reflect rather than jump-start. Thread 🧵 of references:
Re-think the knee-jerk response when our students ask for what we call "hand-holding." How can getting them to "figure it out themselves" become a re-introduction to teacher/student co-presence? (h/t to @shannonmattern for showing me this thread)
Hybridity as, potentially, practical empathy. A reminder that these tools are supposed to make it EASIER FOR EVERYBODY. How can hybridity become a supportive framework to care for student and faculty alike? (@deandad )
Student-centered AND simplified. How can we give students options for what they want to put in &/or take away from a class? How can setting up these choices clearly & ahead of time enrich & ease their navigations and our assessments? (@actualham)
We. Are. Exhausted. The exhaustion is valid. The most important work we do this coming semester may be ritualistic work. It may be to sit together in the dark, contemplating the burnt-out candle. (@dowellml )
And finally (& conclusion will req 3 tweets bc it is complex and important): REFUSE TO RETURN. I don't mean this literally, altho a literal read is likely warranted in many cases. We must stop and think before we make the mistake of returning.
If we "return," we reproduce a wasteful system of production to no purpose (@tressiemcphd)
If we "return" we rebuild an apparatus that is inaccessible to actual human bodies. It actively pushes humans out. (@caitskirby ) PAUSE AND THINK with your students, this semester. How can you think about this problem together?
If we "return," we miss the moment to raze and/or redesign. Pedagogy of pause; refuse to return. STOP and ask: what do we do differently in the world we have to make from this point forward? (@shannonmattern)

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