What are the biggest challenges for you teaching from home?
Reigning in the lost flock, that have metaphorically fled the paddock… while home-schooling my own flock.
What do you like about teaching from home? What has surprised you?
Teaching, while challenging at times, can be facilitated from home, showing us the great potential of this New World Order. Did I mention flexible learning possibilities?
Have you got a favourite place at home to work?
On the dinner table. My desk was extracted from the house to make way for a keyboard, allowing more space for music. Not prepared to lift that heavy thing back into the house, yet. Have thought about a garage office… then I’d have to move the 1971 Morris (Land Crab).
Any funny, unexpected things that have happened as a result of teaching from home?
No, I haven’t gone to the toilet with my headphones on. Lots of pets on the screen, including many brands of dogs and a cockatiel. My daughters went for a walk with me and were openly talking about all the animals we could purchase when our 15-year-old dog passes. The dog was in earshot and I believe she knows what they’re up to.
What do you miss most about physically going to school?
The ease of interaction with staff and students. Seeking music opportunities among the local community. I think I am a natural schmoozer!
Anything you’d like to say to the rest of the BSSC community during lockdown?
While busier than ever, I’m sure you’re all naturally gravitating towards things you’ve always said, “One Day, I’ll have time to do this”. Sometimes a pandemic may move you in the right direction—to appreciate the simpler things in life and the good people you have around you.