Since the pandemic began in 2020, thousands of articles have been published on how to help students learn from home. Another important focus with less coverage is teachers working from home. In many ways, this can be even more complex than it is for students. While each student is only responsible for their own learning, teachers are responsible for the learning of entire classes or multiple classes.
Having teachers work from home can be made easier when you use a quality learning engagement platform like Dojo360. We’re Turning, and our focus while developing the Dojo360 platform has been on our e³ philosophy, which encompasses equity, evidence, and engagement. Dojo360 meets or exceeds WCAG accessibility requirements so students have equitable learning situations no matter where they are located. Numerous reports are available for teachers as evidence of how their students are doing, giving them the opportunity to drive success for each student individually. Instructors have a plethora of course content media choices at their fingertips to increase student engagement. Continue reading to learn what teachers need to run classrooms on your school’s LMS using the easily integrated Dojo360 learning engagement platform.
In the classroom, teachers engage in a range of natural movements including sitting, walking, bending down, standing, and more. When teaching from home, they’re more likely to spend the majority of their time sitting, which can lead to physical and psychological stress. So it’s important for a teacher working at home to make the time to get up and move around, either during their time with their students or between class sessions. It’s also important to use an ergonomically correct desk, chair, and computer.
Teachers who have young children at home have a double duty to their students and their own children. Some tips to help with this dichotomy are to create as flexible a schedule as possible, tag team child care time with their partner, and avoid multitasking so they are fully in the moment during each task throughout the day. It’s also important to set aside time for fun activities with their family and to prioritize their time wisely throughout the day and week.
Stress is a part of everyday life for teachers, but it can increase when working from home. First, it’s important that teachers understand the signs of stress. Some physical symptoms include headache, sweaty palms, or fatigue. They may have memory problems, a lack of concentration, or experience confusion. It’s possible for teachers to develop nervous habits like nail biting when they are under excess stress. Their families may notice they develop irritability, loss of enthusiasm, or even clumsiness that is not normal.
There are a number of ways to deal with the stress of teaching from home. Some of them include:
Try to focus on the day at hand rather than looking longingly toward the past or future.
Don’t waste time focusing on things you cannot control such as the actions of others, how long the situation will last, and other people’s motives. Instead, focus on what you can control like how you follow the CDC’s recommendations, finding fun things to do at home, and your own positive attitude.
You might want to take up meditation, writing letters to friends by hand, being extra kind to someone who wasn’t nice to you, or a new hobby. You may just want to kick back and binge watch a series you’ve been meaning to see. It’s important to take time out to disconnect so you can be at your best when you are connected with your students.
Having a rough outline of your daily routine can make all the difference in your daily and weekly life as a teacher working from home. Make sure your routines include time for work, exercise, family commitments, and relaxation.
Teachers take on a lot of work—it’s part of their job and seems to be a part of their personalities. Learn to say no to extra tasks that won’t benefit you or that take away time from what you really want to be doing so you can focus on your class, your family, and yourself.
Whether you have a hilarious kid who tells the worst jokes or you enjoy comedy movies or TV, make time to partake in the best medicine of all—laughter.
Dojo360 makes it so easy to manage content, build interactive presentations, bring static content to life, and share courses and content with other teachers. It works seamlessly with academic LMS options and utilizes immersive visual learning, live screen sharing, and white boards. There’s so much more to learn about how Dojo360 can help teachers working from home. We invite you to learn all about Dojo360 and how it can benefit your school. You’ll be glad you did!