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by Sonja Burrows

What I Wish Zoom Could Do: Videoconferencing in the Time of COVID

Mar 21, 2020: "People are not squares, faces are not defined by right angles, and lives do not happen in a box. We may need to connect through screens but must we also confine ourselves always to a rectangle?"

Sonja Burrows On Instructional Design

Jul 8, 2019: "I strive always to see what is beyond the walls of the immediate reality, to understand how vast and different and wonderful and often uncomfortable the world can be outside of the familiar."

PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MODELING FOR BEGINNERS

Aug 31, 2017: "Learning is optimal for most human beings when they are given just enough structure to feel safe and just enough freedom to feel challenged. This, in my opinion, is the special sauce of meaningful learning design."

THE DIGITAL, MOTHERHOOD, AND LOCATION NON-SPECIFIC WORK

Aug 10, 2017: "The digital gives me a voice with which to challenge traditional paradigms about how and where people work. It enables me me to be the kind of mother I want to be, and the kind of professional person I want to be."

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by Sonja Burrows

Video Presentation: Language Teaching in Zoom

May 30, 2020: View a video presentation about language teaching using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Topics include Zoom etiquette, norms of communication, language activities, assessments, and more.

ARTICLE: LANGUAGE TEACHING IN ZOOM

May 30, 2020: "In the pivot from a traditional face-to-face classroom to the online learning environment you create in Zoom, it is important to spend some intentional time to ensure that your interactions run smoothly during synchronous sessions."

What I Wish Zoom Could Do: Videoconferencing in the Time of COVID

Mar 21, 2020: "People are not squares, faces are not defined by right angles, and lives do not happen in a box. We may need to connect through screens but must we also confine ourselves always to a rectangle?"

FRENCH GRAMMAR GAMES (for Grammar Geeks)

Aug 12, 2019: "We designed a playful, standalone learning space where students both within and beyond Middlebury can drop by anytime and from anywhere to practice and improve their French by playing clever digital grammar games."

Sonja Burrows On Instructional Design

Jul 8, 2019: "I strive always to see what is beyond the walls of the immediate reality, to understand how vast and different and wonderful and often uncomfortable the world can be outside of the familiar."

screenshot of Hindi pronunciation lesson

DESIGNING FOR HINDI LANGUAGE LEARNING

Jun 11, 2018: "I treasure all the parts of this work — from the early brainstorming conversations all the way along the bumpy road of development to the final moment when a shiny beautiful learning space is ready to share. A space where possibility persists."

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COMPLEX KNITTING AND CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN: A PROBLEM-SOLVING MINDSET

Dec 18, 2017: "Critical instructional design reflects a sense of awareness, hope, and possibility; encourages learning agency; and allows students and teachers to own their discoveries."

CRITICAL THINKING IN LANGUAGE TEACHING: A RUMINATION

Nov 20, 2017: "This way of talking about critical thinking no longer felt like enough. It was too neutral, and it lacked the essence of the thing that to me lies at the very core of critical thinking: judgment."

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