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Couch Central #1

or: how Corona made our flat the centre of our lives.

I did not want to write about Corona, and I still do not. However, life in Austria has drastically changed, and I have found it extremely hard to adjust at first. My free spirit could not catch up with the rapid changes at first.

I value my freedom, my social life, dancing, standing in class teaching. My first feeling and kneejerk reaction to all the new regulations was anger and resentment. Who did they think they were, telling me how to live my life? I guess most people felt that.

Thankfully, I have learned to adapt to new situations and to accept things I cannot change. So, instead of feeding and feeling the drama of the virus that changes, endangers and takes lives – which I can not change but by doing what the government days: STAYING HOME – I have chosen to at least try to see the good aspects of this life from home.

Teaching from home
We are both working from home, and my boyfriend uses the old-school desktop computer in the office, so I currently prepare my e- learning lessons from the living room (on my fancy laptopπŸ˜‹). The distance to the fridge and the coffee machine is less than two metres. Awesome. 😍
Deciding on who has what tasks to do until when and sending my students the material takes place in cosy clothes, which I looove: wearing pjs or sweatpants, fluffy socks, a t-shirt with no bra and a ponytail (tiny yet, but still). Cosy.
I definitely do not miss my commute to school. Full stop.
Keeping in contact with students is a challenge – I have had to learn to deal with a new platform, quickly. πŸ™ˆ Lucky me, a colleague and some students taught me before the school was definitely closed, so it is fun now.
Lucky me, I teach at a business school that is modern and very 21st century and home to students that have an affinity for technological advancements.
Moreover, I have decided to concentrate on creativity rather than grammar, as far as possible. I try to only give my classes tasks which are enjoyable and give them creative freedom (or a choice of tasks), seeing as their freedom is as limited as mine…
Furthermore, without actually teaching, my job encompasses preparing and correcting,Β  and who in their right mind fancies dealing with the same homework 25 times?!πŸ˜‡πŸ˜…πŸ˜’ Right.
Since I am not yet fully immersed in homework (that will come in bulk at the end of the week….), I use the spare time to organize my teaching material of the last 7 years (!!!) and design oral exams. I love designing exams, so yesterday afternoon went by quickly.

All in all, my work life has so far turned out to be more rewarding than I thought. I need to remember to reread this post in two weeks when the walls are closing in and I am desperate to pick a fight with someone…

(to be continued..)

Author: carasmelody

daydreamer, hopelessly hopeful, I love the power of words, I love poems, words are soulfood

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