#106 Teaching from Home: Dan Pearcy – Google Meets, Poll Everywhere and 5 principles for remote teaching

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Hello and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is another episode in my Teaching from Home podcast series – a series dedicated to supporting teachers who are working from home amidst the Covid-19 outbreak of 2020.

My aim is that you will hear from a wide variety of teachers, sharing a wide variety of experiences. There will be technology focussed episodes – just how does remote teaching work? But also episodes focussed on the practicalities of coping with setting students appropriate work whilst also having to look after your own children at home. Then there are issues of safeguarding, differentiation, mindset and more that I hope will come up as we progress. There will be maths teachers, teachers of other subjects, and primary school teachers. There will be teachers from the UK and overseas. Hopefully something for everyone. I have no idea how long this series will go on for – but so long as people keep listening and hopefully finding it useful, I shall continue!

This time I spoke to Dan Pearcy, a maths teacher from the UK who now teaches in Switzerland. Dan is one week ahead of the UK in terms of having to adapt to distance teaching, and shares his perspective on using technology such as Google Meets and Poll Everywhere to try and recreate his classroom teaching online. Whilst many listeners will not be able to nor want to recreate such a set-up for reasons similar to those discussed with Jo Morgan on a previous episode, I believe Dan’s five principles for online learning will be valuable to all listeners.

I hope you enjoy the episode and find it useful. And please stay safe

On Twitter, Dan is @DanielPearcy
Dan’s book is Mathematical Beauty: What is Mathematical Beauty and Can Anyone Experience It?




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