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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.
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    I am so glad your online teaching is turning out well. I didn't think about the fact that students would be less hesitant to ask questions online when other students can't hear. I have to smile at that. You know, that's so true that sometimes when students DO ask a question, it's a little alarming! I mean, it's so out of the ordinary that when I get a question, I feel a little nervous and don't always answer well.

    So there are some good points to our situation! Maybe online teaching is the wave of the future, and it'll help students learn more efficiently in a more relaxed way. So glad for you!
    43 days ago
    I'm so glad you're feeling positive about the teaching and that your students are, in at least some ways, benefitting from the change in delivery of that material. Yes I can imagine it's easier to ask questions without having to put your hand up in class. Losing your streak is infuriating isn't it! The same happened to me. I changed to keeping my own record and calculating a success rate as a percentage. Then losing just one day is a thousand barely registers. It saves me stomping round the room in frustration when that happens!
    49 days ago
    Look how confident and tech savvy you are! Sounds like you're managing marvelously.
    Your students getting more sleep and being engaged is a positive development for sure.
    Keep up the good work!

    50 days ago
    Lots f changes for lots of people. Life will certainly continue to be different!
    52 days ago
    So interesting that your students feel more comfortable asking for help "on line" if they are confused.

    The times they are a-changing: and it's challenging. But I think some of the changes (we hope the good ones) will be permanent.
    53 days ago
    Gosh - that's so cool - to be learning something new about your job (and yourself) at this point. I think this will make your last year go by fast.

    It's also good that you are being forced by circumstances to learn technology - one never knows when you'll need it for your personal life and you'll be that much further ahead.

    Does your school offer help in teaching you how to use all this stuff?
    53 days ago
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    It is wonderful to hear that in spite of the stress and overwhelming challenges that, in some ways, it has been a valuable experience!

    Sorry about your login streak....that happened to me recently, as well. It’s disappointing, isn’t it?! emoticon
    53 days ago
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    53 days ago
    That is so interesting that your students seem to be doing better with online learning!
    Are they able to get the verbal practice they need adequately?

    54 days ago
    Amazing! I thought it might be easier to ask questions from the anonymity of online learning! More work for you but certainly better education/understanding for them! Easier interactions! I'm sure it's a lot of major changes. My neighbor is working remotely from home and uses his recreational travel trailer as his office because they have a very small house and 2 children home from school. Another friend working from home, widowed and lives alone, says she is thinking of staying with working out of her home even when offices begin to open. Says she gets so much more work done without the distraction that is inherent in office settings! New normals? Great that you are engaging your brain with new learning! Good for you!
    54 days ago
    I really admire your ability to adapt and respond. emoticon

    Take care! emoticon
    54 days ago
    One can always learn something new
    54 days ago
    New skills, brilliant how you're adapting Margaret..............knew you would, I had every faith in you.

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    stay safe and keep well hun, have a good week emoticon
    54 days ago
    Oh lord. Sorry to hear the job situation is not good there, too. **SIGH** BUT good your students are getting more sleep.

    Hope that the tech teaching gets a little easier. So stressful!

    54 days ago
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