As this new process of Distance Learning begins, Dr. Shealy sent a letter to faculty as a means of encouragement and guidance. Excerpts are below as notes of encouragement to our families as well:

Advice from a friend and some reminders about online learning

A friend of mine shared this advice from someone who trains teachers to teach online

  1. Focus on your learning outcomes. Avoid the temptation to over build.
  2. Use tools you know. If you have video skills, great. Use them. If you have other media production skills, use them.
  3. Focus on your students. Encourage them. Tell them jokes. Accept assignments late. Be understanding while you hold them to high standards. These are scary times for all of us, but as teachers, we have a responsibility to make sure our students are the focus.
  4. Don’t be a push over, but be nice. Help your students have a good day. Never underestimate the power of a good day.
  5. Don’t over think it. You’re going to be fine.

(My friend is Lynn Stallings, an administrator at AUM, and the sources’ name is Marshall Jones.)

From me –

Remember that your students may have other family responsibilities while at home – caring for siblings, running errands, helping with household tasks, etc. You do not know the family situation. Many families will have hardships – childcare, financial, health – during this time. Also, remember that this is all new. Thus, be prepared to be flexible and empathetic.

I have been thinking about Mordecai’s charge to Esther – “For if you remain silent [fail to act] at this time, relief and deliverance . . . will arise from another place. . . . And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” – God is in control and his kingdom will advance and his will will be done, but he chooses to work through his people.

We have a royal position as children of the king and are prepared “for such a time as this.” Let’s show His glory, support and encourage our families, and bring the peace and healing of God’s love to our community.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

 – Barry E. Shealy, Ph.D.
Associate Headmaster for Academic Affairs