All in one sentence: I respect students enough to give them permission to make choices together with me in an intimate setting that supports learning. This is a little harder to do in a course that is mostly online. As I prepare assignments, I try hard to let students know that they can approach assignments and complete them in ways that are other than traditional. Instead of an essay, I encourage them to use charts, art, apps, and more to convey the information in a way that makes sense to them. I hope that by trying to provide choice, I can encourage them to do the same for their students.
Pay it forward.