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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2 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?

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