There are some upsides and downsides working/teaching from home. I have touched on a few of these before, but I am in a listing kind of mood, so list I shall.
- I can sleep later.
- I can drink my coffee at a more leisurely pace; possibly even drink more.
- Do not have to face annoying people on public transport.
- Do not have to put on a coat to walk to public transport. It isn’t spring yet and the weather can always throw you for a curve.
- I can answer my mother’s tech questions.
- My choice of clothing is much more flexible; as long as the part they can see on the computer is presentable, the rest doesn’t really cause a problem.
- I am learning new teaching skills and delivery methods. I have a long way to go before I become a great teacher of online delivery, but I am getting better.
- Students have been dropping out of the classes so it has given me some free time to:
- clean up my work-space
- write this blog post
- do some stuff on the computer that I would otherwise do when I am not getting paid
- prepare for other classes
- Teaching on the current platform does not allow for pair work or group work.
- Since everyone and their dog is working from home (world wide) this is putting a bit of strain on IT services and my particular platform as well.
- While some students have embraced the format, others have not and they are not showing up to class–or logging in to be more precise.
- I do not have the full range of tools I usually have at my disposal.
- I am around to answer my mother’s tech questions.
- I am reading less because I usually reserved that for my commute.
- I am walking less, which is a real problem because I used to easily get 12000 steps in every day. I am probable going to have to go out for a walk later today.
- My cat still wants breakfast at his usual time, which was organized around me getting up early to take the bus to work. He can be quite insistent.
- Being around home makes it much easier to snack.
- While it is too early, I am sure I will miss talking to my coworkers to vent about students, to share teaching ideas, and just to talk to native English speakers.