You may be wondering what domain camp, teaching and tea have in common. This is week two of domain camp. I am learning to build a domain of my own. I am a straight-up newbie when it comes to building a domain.
Every summer I like learn something new and that I find challenging. This is a way to remember what it is like to be a newbie. It is important to remain empathetic to my learners by remembering what it is like to learn something new.
Week one at camp I succeeded in feeling like a newbie. I managed to freeze up my domain on day one. I was wondering if this was over my head. I am sure my students feel the same way in the first few weeks of school. However, Alan Levine and Terry Greene are awesome camp counsellors and so with their support and the newbies corner at reclaim hosting I was back on track.
An interesting thing occurred when I asked a question at the newbies corner. I was introduced to discobot. We had a few exchanges, I was engaged in learning how to use the discussion board effectively, and then I was given a giph and a participation certificate. This gaming tool was interactive, fun, and before I knew it I wanted to learn more. A lesson I will take to the classroom. When people are feeling overwhelmed interject something fun!