I had a student contact me via text a few days ago. Yay! I am always excited when students make the effort to reach out for help. While the text probably should have been an email instead of a text for its length, the gist of it is represented in the image below:
We set up a time to chat on the phone and what started as a lesson on I-Learn navigation ended with me as the instructor saying:
"Stay close to your elders quorum."
As I hung up the phone with a good feeling inside, I reflected on how I got to that last phrase. I don't need to fill in the gaps for any of you who are teaching online for BYU-Idaho. We have all been there. We help with the logistics or mechanics of the course and then we start asking questions that really matter and we learn the challenges that our students face in their lives. It was a sweet moment for me the other night with this student who, in the face of very challenging odds, wants to succeed online at BYU-Idaho. These moments are the intangible benefits of teaching for this university.
God help us as we strive to help students.
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