As I stated in my previous post, it seems to me that being forced to teach from home has broadened my horizons in more ways than regarding my methods.
Even though I still desperately miss direct contact to my students and dealing with their wit and humour in class, and even though I furthermore hate sitting at my desk in front of a screen the whole day, I feel this period has been educational for me.
For example, I can imagine handing out longer assignments digitally in the future, too. Instead of standing in class, ticking the list of who handed it in and collecting printouts to take home with me, I could have them upload their assignments. Then I could save myself this administration in class and focus on teaching, which I like best and thrive on anyways. 😊
This revelation in itself is no surprise, but a nice confirmation that I do love my job.
Furthermore, I noticed that it is essential to give more individual feedback to students. I have had several 1-1-sessions with last-year-students in the last weeks in which we practised for their final exams. I feel like I have gained more knowledge of what they further need to excel, and they did, too, than I could have gained by an impression in class. Honestly, it might be tough integrating this in a classroom setting, yet every once in a while it might be paramount and worth sacrificing time off my lessons.
Since the Austrian leaders have decided for schools to be banned from in-house-teaching until Mid-May, I am curious to see what I am gonna be learning in the next three weeks.
On my list of things to try out:
1. Virtually teaching Italian grammar (conference with whole class)
2. Having my final-year-students schedule their own practise sessions (in predetermined time slots though); I hope this responsibility given will enhance their growth
3. Teaching a virtual English conversation class in small groups
4. Acting purposely, but not reacting to every e-mail, demand or whatnot in my Inbox
5. Finding a variation of different assignments which are adequate and challenging for one special class
For now, however, I am enjoying the e-mail- and assignment-free day to myself and plan to indulge in dolce far niente. My favourite skill. Have a great day, too! 🎆🌸😺