Teaching Lessons from the Pandemic: What to Keep and What to Leave Way Behind

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Before 2020, we thought students coming to class in pajamas was unprofessional but also a “college thing.” Last semester, Tom recorded a student taking an exam shirtless while lying in bed. Sarah’s student had technological difficulties during a test. When she told him to just come to her office, he said he wasn’t dressed appropriately. Really? That’s when we knew this pandemic experience was unlike anything we’d encountered in our combined 58 years of teaching. Therefore, we want to examine our teaching experiences and tell you what we’d like to keep and what needs to never return again.

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