Hi everyone. Happy spring. My spring started off not very spring like.
But today we are suppose to have some really warm temperatures. So if this falling snow hadn't turned to rain and melted yesterday, it would be gone today anyhow. But even though today it is supposed to be warm, we are suppose to get some rain. Oh well. It would have been a nice day to pulled out a chair and soak up a bit of sun.
So today I want to talk about how my first week at teaching from home has been going.
Let's start with the Bad/ or maybe I should say the not as smooth as would be good. And I know some of these cannot be helped, but they still have to be dealt with.
1-The biggest issue:My principal has these outrageous expectations. That expectation word is hers. She should worry more that kids are getting some education than we are checking off her boxes. It is not one size fits all. Now I am not letting what she says get to me because come mid-June, I am retiring. (57 school days, but who's counting?) I know they won't want to let me go during this virus situation, so what are they going to do?
2-There is all this technology to figure out on my own. I'm not too bad with technology but I am certainly not a whiz kid. There is a big learning curve for sure. (And I can contact tech support at school, but it would still be better if someone could show rather than having to decode their email.)
3-The hubby is working from home. That itself is not bad, except he has lots of conference calls with clients which makes it hard for me to work while he is on a call since we are sharing the table, and I don't want to interfere with the calls.
4- My department head put us all on a group text and although the support is good, the comments can be distractions. And at first people were texting at 9 PM and 6:30 AM. I finally turned off notifications. And we had an on-line department meeting and it was addressed.
5-I do miss seeing the kids in class.
6- The whole change is just plain stressful. But getting better. For now. For me. But I am getting word from some kids that they have teachers giving too much work.
1- We've had decent dinners each night because I can start cooking earlier than usual and I feel more ambitious because I haven't been out all day. Plus with us both home the hubby cooks too.
2- No time lost commuting. And it saves gas too. And I as I usually spend at least 45 minutes driving each way, I have a lot more time for me instead of driving.
3-I can break up my day more. A few hours of serious work and then a break. Yesterday was a nice spring day. I took an hour off and took the dogs out for a longwalk.
The best advantage to living in the woods is I can walk and not meet a soul. Just a few cars going by.
It was a good stress buster. And I came back refreshed and more ambitious to work for a couple more hours.
4- I get to spend some nice time with the hubby. Since yesterday was so nice we packed our lunch and drove over to a local lake and had lunch in the car. With the windows mostly shut, except for the sunroof, even though there was no one really around. It was a great little break. I did enjoy to be able to soak up a little sun rather than being stuck in a classroom.
There's still ice on the lake but it is melting in the bays.
5- The dogs really like us being home, and I really like being home. I get to work in my sweats and comfy clothes.
6- And although I may sounds like I am goofing off, I am doing a lot of work. There are lots of emails to answer and on-line work coming in. And on-line work to send out, s well as little videos to film and then post for the kids. The good news is the kids have been in contact a lot too. I don't think I would want to work this way always, but in this weird time, I am doing the best I can.
And I know I won't mind retirement. I like being home.
And I have had some late afternoon art time a couple of days also. I have a new page for Eileen's green challenge at Art Journal Journey
Times are strange and so is my page.
It is made some some stamps, paint, Stabilo pencils and some die cut letters.
Have a great start to your weekend. I am ready for mine.