It’s a brand new school year and a brand new way of thinking and teaching. If I thought that going completely online with my classes last March was a challenge, I’m now trying to teach in masks. Below are pics of me trying these various masks and the pros and cons of each.
I’m only a few days in and already trying to determine what’s going to work for me. I started with the standard mask that I’ve been wearing into stores since March.
I purchased some nicer, heavier-duty masks that I thought would be healthier by maybe screening out those germy germs better …
Received this cute one with cats on it from my sister. (Does anyone else find it odd that these masks are now fashion statements?)
Received this one from our department chair who felt it would be especially appropriate for me.
Got hold of this one because … well … school spirit.
But still, the issue became that I really like to smile at my students. It’s bad enough that I’m looking at masks and eyes and receiving very little feedback visually. It seems worse that they can’t get any kind of visual feedback from me. So I have now opted for this:
So, why choose the one mask with the most cons? Well, I feel like the ability to offer some kind of visual feedback to my students is very important — hair, spit, echoes, itchy nose, and all.
Around campus, I’ve seen masks of various materials, colors, and styles. We are indeed making these into statements to try to reflect a bit about ourselves, even … ahem … behind the mask.
What about you? How are you dealing with the masking situation and what are you doing to make your masks reflect you?