It is no secret that this school year is going to be unlike any other in the past. This school year is going to be different with the mask and social distancing mandates. Many people are choosing to keep their kids at home and do distance learning. Some are sending their kids to a brick and mortar school, trying to maintain some idea of normalcy in this crazy covid fueled world.
This school year, for me, will be the same. Why, you ask? Because I teach online. I’ve been teaching online since before covid. There are ups and downs to teaching online. But in this post, I’m only going to talk about the good. Because I like the good. And positivity breeds more positivity. We need more positivity especially in this abnormal climate.
Teaching online is fun. I especially love it when the students are five or six or even seven. I get to act goofy and silly. I get to make animal sounds (moo!) I get to laugh and giggle and play with puppets.
2–Work in PJs
I get to go to the office in my PJs. I mean, c’mon, what other job allows you to be in your PJs and work? I put on a nice collared shirt and keep my PJ bottoms on. I love being able to look professional on top and comfy on the bottom.
3–Learn new things
I learn something new every day I teach. Whether it is grammar or a stylistic device or an interesting fact, I get to cram that extra nugget of knowledge into my head. I’ve always loved going to school and learning new things. I love that I can just keep on learning. After all, learning never stops. Yes, that was pretty cliche.
4–Set my own schedule
Because I work from home, I don’t have to commit to that boring 9-5 shift. Instead, I can set my own schedule. I can choose to work anywhere from one hour to twelve hours. They don’t even have to be consecutive hours either. I can take as many breaks as I want to recharge. And believe me, when dealing with little kids, you need all the breaks you can get. Recharging is important when it comes to this environment to avoid getting burned out.
I get to ask kids (and adults) questions. I love asking them questions and learning more about them and their culture, their lives, and their likes and dislikes. I love being able to talk to someone halfway around the world.
Do you teach online? Will you be teaching online because of Covid-19? What are your thoughts? Hate it? Love it?