Answering the Why? How? What? of lesson planning

At the beginning of the pandemic, if you are a little bit like me, you may have felt there’s no point in teaching in such an unpredictable context. Finding purpose when school moved completely online was an ongoing process of defining the what, how and why of teaching. For me, it always started with the why:

Why should school continue if we are so unsure about our future?

Why should we waste time on things we are not sure we’ll ever need?

Why should I even teach now? 

The answers came from my students, who were adamant in showing that they needed me and our school, in any shape or form, to live as normally as possible in that situation. I realized that teachers are more than professionals who present content, provide information, and evaluate students. 

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