Upended job routines
Sunday, May 17, 2020
I logged in every day on Spark for a thousand days and then I forgot to log in yesterday. This computer teaching has upended all the patterns and routines I’ve built up in 23 years in this workplace. I’m dealing with all sorts of glitches with computers because I’d avoided tech as much as possible until now. I’m working long hours every day trying to adapt my teaching to the computer and my unsuitable work environment at home.
In some ways it’s interesting because I don’t feel so much tension in front of a screen and students email me quickly if they don’t understand or if they have any difficulty with the materials. Normally they’re too shy to do that in front of other students. Sometimes they’ll repeatedly ask for clarification - very unusual for Japanese students and a very good thing. Many of them worked part-time jobs for five hours a day and slept for only 4 to 6 hours a night. Now a lot of them have lost their jobs and are sleeping at least 8 hours a night.
It’s a trying time but I’m learning a lot. A valuable experience in some ways.