Do I miss working onsite? Yes, and no.
After IATF declared NCR to be under Alert 1, our school administration has reminded us that we are going back to report onsite anytime soon. I’ve read the memorandum thrice, and yes, it’s really happening.
We’re going back to school.
Looking back, working from home is never easy. We have to learn new apps, websites, and technologies. I’ve learned the different connections I needed to make my online classes work. I’ve familiarized myself with techy stuff like LAN, HDMI, and some websites. I’ve come up with strategies to make learning fun and exciting at the same time.
In two years, we got used to converting the traditional class set-up to a modern one.
I must say, it’s challenging. All of the adjustments really made me who I am today. (Wow ha).
Now, we are about to return onsite, I can feel all of the new transitions that we need to face. I could feel that I need to adjust my online class lesson plan to a hybrid one.
Basically, it’s like this: Traditional setup to online class to hybrid learning. I am not sure what’s gonna happen next.
Now, do I miss working onsite? YES.
I miss seeing the kids. I miss hearing their laughters. I miss singing and dancing with them. I miss interacting with them! Now, they are not just inside the square screen on MS Teams, inside the screen of my laptop. I am teaching kids face-to-face. I miss them.
Again, do I miss working onsite? PARTLY NO.
I don’t miss waking up at 4:00AM, leaving home at 5:00AM, traveling for an hour, and waiting in the faculty room for another hour. I do not miss the rainy days, and not having a choice of how do I get home comfortably without spending lots of bucks in Grab or Angkas. I do not miss the transportation system in the Philippines. I do not miss lining up and waiting for a tricycle for an hour just to get home after another hour. I just don’t miss it. I now value my hours of sleep at home, lunch with family, time with my pet, Tyni.
What have I learned after all these transitions?
After two years of working online, I think I have to practice the practicality of lesson preparation rather than a lengthy plan. I will stick with the essential, fun, and necessary. I will still continue to engage my students. I will seek more activities that will make them enjoy learning.
And that ends my Tedtalk for today, friends.
How are you? Are you working from home, onsite, or both? Let me know in the comment section! 🙂