Teaching in Light of Covid: Finding your Flow

Knowing the unchartered territory of COVID and supporting one another through it while working with young people

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1 class per week, for 1 week

Single Class Course

30 minutes

Class Duration

1-10 students

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This class is for YOU- a teacher, care worker and/or anyone managing work in a COVID vulnerable workplace. We will go beyond the expected hand-washing, face masking and social distancing and instead talk about our own coping mechanisms. Working together we will identify our 'flowers in the desert' and work on building strength to be successful in a rather exhausting workplace complicated by COVID. Wearing masks for an entire day while trying to teach along with managing social distancing is challenging beyond the typical challenges in a given school year. This 30-minute session is designed to help you learn a few coping strategies that can sustain you throughout the rest of the year. What are YOU doing to support yourself and how might you be able to support others. The session will be interactive and could lead to future sessions if there is demand or you could be signposted to courses that would meet your needs.
This is a taster session- please come and join the conversation. Having an open mind and willingness to actively listen and share without evaluation or judgement is key. This session is here to support educators and others in challenging workplaces where individuals need to navigate their own safety and that of their students and colleagues. This session is not a place to promote an ideology or viewpoint towards policies or politics.
As a passionate educator, I have actively engaged with learning all my life. I have had the privilege of teaching 1000s of students and adults over the course of my career in education. Some of my favourite lessons have been helping learners make big decisions in life including what to do next post-education, or choosing which university to pursue or ideas for how to revitalise one’s work. I have worked in Los Angeles, the UK and now globally online and am always learning about the differences in different countries while at the same time committed to supporting individuals to make decisions predicated on what is best for them.

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Mara Simmons, PhD

A Tinker in Education that Promotes Joy and Curiosity
14 teacher reviews total

About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say. In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others. As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding others' perspectives and experiences and the combination of learning with my love for sharing knowledge helps define my approach in any course I teach.

I have been privileged with having a long and varied teaching career that includes teaching math, science, history, leadership and English to young students in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years in mostly low income, culturally diverse communities. In addition, I have served as a school head, director and school founder for 12 years and most recently was a program manager for teacher training in the UK where I shaped what teacher training can look like for the post 16 sector.

Choosing to teach online is a new venture for me and an opportunity for me to grow. I appreciate the in-person sessions and look forward to cultivating discussion and learner engagement. Also, I believe education should be about choice, and I love that here you choose what you want to study.

The subjects I will teach will be relevant to those wishing to improve their professional skills, whether it be working with others, ways of writing, or how to increase colleague engagement and enthusiasm. In addition, I hope to bring in some courses specifically for teachers and presenters around how to prepare lessons and how to increase student engagement and joy for learning. Lastly, I am interested in teaching about how to cope with remote learning and working as I have observed and at times struggled with these issues in the past and have found some useful strategies that have worked.

In my classes you will never be quiet for an entire session, nor have to listen to me lecturing - I am a believer in collaboration, discussion and facilitated learning. Problem-based, project-based learning is my approach in a school setting; here online we will have a version of it. At the end of each session, we will re-cap to make sure that you have left with a nugget of learning or provocation to go further along with some extra tools to be that value add.

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August 15th, 10:21am
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