I have been getting used to a new computer in the last few weeks. Everything is new, including a brand new update to my Zoom account.
It took the collective wisdom of three colleagues to figure out how to adjust the settings. The one that really stumped us was how to turn off the emojis that would pop up on screen every time I talked with my hands. And that happens a lot. Because, well, I talk with my hands—a lot.
I count to five a lot in my job. I am counting the number of core academic classes a student has taken or plans to take the following school year. It's a habit that started 25 years ago when I began my career in college admissions. It's ingrained in my mind. Does the student have all five core academic classes each year? English, math, history/social studies, science, and world or ancient language. One, two, three, four, five.
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The balloons and thumbs-up emojis are finally gone from my Zoom account. But you will still catch me counting on my hand, thumb first, when I am reviewing a student's course schedule. I am always making sure the student isn't taking the minimum requirements; I want them to go beyond. One, two, three, four, five.