primary school, History and Geography teacher, 9 years of work experience
I love researching and the situation with on-line teaching extended my working hours across the whole day. In the beginning, I didn’t work only from 7-15. I spent all mornings and afternoons in front of the computer next to the regular teaching hours. I didn't have any free time, because I had to check the homework, give students feedback, search for new tools, prepare the materials, and talk to parents. I couldn’t keep on going like that.
My dilemma was how to keep the quality teaching according to my standards without burning out.
In what ways did you respond to this dilemma/difficulty?
t was very stressful, especially in the beginning. In other situations, I even like working under pressure. It suits me. I wouldn't be able to do that for years so I tried to discipline myself and follow the schedule I set for myself. I chose the core topics in my subject to focus upon and tried to skip all the rest. I used the materials of my colleagues and talked to them about their time management and quality standards.
What are the implications for teaching, learning and my understanding of the role of a teacher?
It is very important to be aware of one’s own constraints and limitations. Teacher first needs to take care of his/her own wellbeing to be able to take care of students and high quality teaching.Online teaching has its own principles which should be taken into consideration. We can not apply the same rules to different situations.
Keywords: organisation and management, wellbeing