The transition to remote teaching was an adventure. To prepare for my first synchronous lesson, a room in my home was cleared to be Zoom-ready, new documents were scanned to be online-friendly, awkward welcome videos were recorded, announcements were posted to Canvas, and my family had been warned to remain quiet.
So much for prepping. The only realistic preparation for remote teaching is to remain flexible, patient and responsive. In these times of uncertainty, showing students what’s coming up today and next week, and where we are headed or may be headed tomorrow, has been particularly important.
The most challenging part of teaching during these times has been managing the work-life balance; like most of us, I am teaching from a small home office, which also serves as a homeschooling classroom for my two small children. Many of my students are also parents and are doing their best to balance their new responsibilities. With everything going on in our world, I am grateful for the ongoing support from my peers and I am thankful to my ESL students for motivating me every morning. I am proud of each one of them for always showing up despite various challenges as we navigate this remote learning journey together.