I am back to working from home full time. For the past twelve weeks I have been teaching a hybrid schedule. All mornings were at home and three afternoons were spent in the socially distance conscious classroom with a mask on.

I think the company did a good job of trying to ensure safety–despite the students’ best efforts to circumvent it. However, the city went on lockdown. Initially we thought we might be exempt, but when they said schools were exempt, they didn’t mean our type. Ours have fewer students, fewer mingling opportunities, and staggered starts. I guess that doesn’t really matter.

As for me, it is bittersweet. Seeing the students in person was a good way to get to know them. They displayed different character traits in person. They also bonded with other classmates differently. They are bonding online, but there is something different about face to face interaction–albeit two metres apart and covered in sanitizer. However, not having to commute is pretty awesome. I miss some of the music, some of the radio news, and some of the company when I drove my girlfriend home, but I don’t miss the bad drivers, the red lights, and the phantom construction that used traffic cones to reduce lanes for no particular reason.

I wonder if I will be able to go back to the way it was?

For those of you still working, have you adapted to a new way of working or do you want to go back to the old way?

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 Changes

  1. idlecyclist says:

    I would be quite happy to go back to not working for a while again. Life was simpler for those 3 months and infinitely more stressful and complicated now than before lockdown, at least in retail in Ireland anyway.

  2. retrodee says:

    I wish the States (or at least SOME cities in the US) would do a lock down. Most everyone here is just as complacent as can be about the virus. It’s terrifying. I don’t usually voice my opinion about it online because I’m trying to avoid conflict. But the numbers of infections speak for themselves.

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