When I first started teaching online, I thought I would never get to know my students very well in the new environment. In my previous brick-and-mortar classroom, I was able to see my students every day and was able to talk and interact with them in person. As a result of this daily interaction, I didn’t just know them academically.
I knew about their families, who their friends were, their jobs, and their hopes for after high school. As I started into my first online course with my first student, I thought I would miss out on this aspect of teaching.