Well, nothing like a quarantine to provide time for working on projects. Unless of course you are now teaching remotely without any tools or training! Lucky for me this is my second career – my accounting, project management, and systems background skills are all in play!
What is hard to balance – for an A type personality who has worked really hard to leave work-at-work and home-at-home – is worlds colliding.
The students are VERY thankful for something that feels predictable and normal. Teaching this way actually takes even more time. A single 10 minute video needs to be scripted, recorded, saved and compressed, exported then posted to the platform students are able to access. It easily takes 30 minutes for an 8 min lesson.
To ensure the greatest flexibility and accessibility, providing videos allows students to access their lessons on their available time. Using video conferencing needs to really balance students’ ability to connect with their peers – the only way if you are truly sheltering – while making the most to ensure learning can happen for the week.
It also needs to allow students and families to manage what works best for them, many families are in crisis. Adding more stress to their already ‘weirdly strange world’ is not what I want for my students. I love them and miss them every single day.
My sweetie worries about me because I honestly do work from 6AM through 9PM every day of the week currently.
Today I took the afternoon to step away….I love winter, snow, and Christmas. So…..I made frolicking snowmen. They can been used as hot pads (they have insul brite) or happy little mug rugs.