Besides the obvious, there are some unusual things that make teaching from home different from teaching at school.
- Despite students’ assurances that technology is their slave and not the other way around, they are not nearly as adept as they think they are. They seem unable to get the files that were uploaded for them. They fail to use spell checking on their writing despite the fact that they used to beg me to send their work by email so they could use spellchecking and Grammerly to “improve” their work. They also seem to choose incompatible programs to both create and view work.
- I don’t have to worry about students using their phones to chat with other people while taking class. Often they are using their phones to participate in class.
- My breaks allow me to do pesky household chores that used to have to wait until I got home from work. I can check the mail, clean the cat box, start a load of laundry, make another pot of coffee, wash a few dishes, speak to my girlfriend, take out the trash, fill up the brita, do a couple of minutes of planking, reorganize the drawers in my desk, ….the list goes on and on.
- I can send pestering emails for students to do their homework–I don’t, but the point is that I could.
- Students can’t use the excuse that “I forgot my book at home.” They can’t use the excuse that they forgot their homework at home either.
- I can no longer use the joke that homework is the work you do at home when I catch them doing their homework rapidly in the classroom before it starts. It’s too bad because I like that joke.
- Despite quality cameras, I am not sure my “grammar face” comes across well on screen. For those who don’t know, this is the face I make when I want to tell them that something they have done is wrong and that it is something they have already studied or I am confident that they already know and they should fix it rather than expect me to provide them with the answers. It works quite well.
I just wanted to share my thoughts on this topic. It has only been a few weeks, but I don’t see it reverting back to the classroom for at least another month. Hopefully by the end I will have learned a whole new bag of tricks.