What are the biggest challenges for you teaching from home?
The biggest challenge of teaching from home would be (and I think some students are feeling this too) staying motivated. What keeps me motivated each ‘normal’ day at school is my students and being able to engage with them. This has been a big change and I’ve had to really focus on staying motivated and on task while teaching from home.
What do you like about teaching from home? What has surprised you?
The three things I am enjoying about teaching from home are not having to stress about getting a carpark in the mornings, sleeping in a little bit and being able to hang out with my dog, Zero.
Something that’s surprised me is how adaptable the students have been in this time of massive change. I’ve been so impressed with them and how they’ve taken this in their stride. Keep up the amazing work!
Have you got a favourite place at home to work?
I am lucky enough to have a study in which to work. I have set up a space for my text books, diary and notes so they are all accessible and this gives the space more of a work vibe. I need that specific work area, in order to separate my work and home spaces.
Any funny, unexpected things that have happened as a result of teaching from home?
I had my dog, Zero, on a Google Meet with one of my VCAL classes last week and he managed to jump on the desk and show his entire rear end to my class. So that was a nice and intimate class.
What do you miss most about physically going to school?
I miss seeing my students! I’m missing the daily interactions and the casual conversations.
I don’t know if ‘miss’ is the right word, but all those stairs were a great way to get my steps up for the day!
Anything you’d like to say to the rest of the BSSC community during lockdown?
This is for the greater good. It’s frustrating, stressful, overwhelming and a huge learning curve for us all, but this is to keep us and our loved ones healthy.
I would also like to say a massive thank you to everyone. Thank you to the students for doing their best to stay up to date and motivated. Thank you to my amazing colleagues for all the work you’ve done behind the scenes to make this change as seamless and easy as possible for the College and our community.