The Positives and Negatives of Working/Teaching from Home.


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.

Can you think of any more?  I would love for you to share your lists.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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3 Responses to The Positives and Negatives of Working/Teaching from Home.

  1. Lkvy says:

    Thanks for the laughs! Yeah, cats are creatures of routine. Although my chonky boy is always game for extra feedings!

    What sort of tech questions does your mom ask?

  2. Hunida says:

    I never had the work-from-home opportunity so I don’t have my own list but I gotta good laugh at yours. 😂 Love that being able to help your mom with tech questions is on BOTH lol. & my cats know what time they are supposed to be fed too… veeeerry insistent when the time comes, too.

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