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I read this tweet with interest. I share my observations and offer a call for positive change. What is new? The masks. What is normal? The lecture. What is better? Nothing. We do not need to return to normal. We need to do better.

Better edubloggers than me have reminded us why schools should not return to normal post-pandemic. Still blogging: A Year Away From Normal And, as @willrich45 eloquently explains, we need to avoid taking schools back there, because normal “wasn’t that great to begin with”. — Tim Stahmer (@timstahmer) March 16, 2021 Anxiety over Pandemic Learning […]

Not a day goes by when I hear or read about someone wishing that things got back to normal. That is not just wishful thinking, it is also harmful. We cannot return to the way things were because we cannot travel back in time. We can only move forward. I have a favourite saying about […]


I have reflected on how we should not return to “normal” post COVID-19. Others have expressed the same thoughts in different and better ways than me. Earlier this month, Lisa Lane introduced a recent reflection like this: I hear people say things like “when things go back to normal” or “after the pandemic” or just […]

"transfer" (CC BY 2.0) by mikecohen1872   The transfer of teaching strategies between physical and online classrooms does not seem to be balanced. When forced to conduct emergency remote teaching, most teachers transferred strategies they were already familiar with, e.g., teacher talk and proctored exams. While such a response is understandable — the runway was short and the […]

"NORMAL" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by dpwk   During the COVID-19 lockdown, people seemed to ask: When are things going to return to normal? I, for one, do not want things to return to normal if normal means: still being selfish and inconsiderate. being wasteful of time and resources. forgetting how even emergency remote teaching might improve classroom practice. […]


While at a university campus recently, I decided to get lunch from a canteen food stall that I had not visited in about two years. The tenants were no longer there, but there was a replacement. I decided to try their fish and chips. That is all I got: Some overcooked breaded fish and a […]

Video source  There is a reason why they are called The Economist — they are not educationists! I would not venture into the world of economics and make claims based on what I Google or even what hear from someone I respect. I wish that they (and others like them) would refrain from reinforcing these […]

This news surprised me: A local university seemed to insist on in-person classes despite some staff and students being stuck overseas. This information was published in a local newspaper on 18 August but was already reported on elsewhere on 10 August. The TODAY paper reported that the university: …is facing criticism because it is the […]

This simultaneously truthful and exasperated tweet exposed a serious gap in the expectations of progressive educators and students schooled in teacher talk: If you are not prioritizing asynchronous learning & working then you still don't understand the Internet. It is not a series of tubes or Zoom chats — Harold Jarche (@hjarche) October 20, 2020 […]

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