I’ve certainly been humbled by this pandemic and gained a new respect for anyone who works from home on the regular, engages in video conferences for multiple hours, has to jump from one task to the next, and generally has a hectic schedule every day of their lives. Much respect!
Teaching from the other side of a computer screen neither offers the same fulfillment or the same type of progress you see teaching in the classroom – far from it. Yet, it’s given me some useful insights into myself:
I’ve noticed that my eye is SUPER lazy, so even more power to my wife than I gave her previously!
My widow’s peak is also getting deeper and deeper as my hair gets grayer.
My voice and delays and word fumbles, simply put -woof!
And, I already knew this, but it’s further confirmed that I talk far too much.
So many teachers have had to reinvent themselves to connect with their students, learning new educational platforms and applications and making videos like the one above that only a fraction of your students actually can access and teaching LIVE lessons to so many blank screens.
That’s the job, though, right? Figuratively, there are blank screens when we’re in the classroom. You just have to keep trying and trying and trying and every one in a while, another screen turns on.
One stupid, humbling YouTube video at a time.