2020 for starters. My plans to go to the mall, to the theater, travel to the hills have come to naught. So I spend my days thinking over this Japanese Amusement Park’s very serious request to its roller coaster riders.
‘Please scream inside your heart.’
It’s a good advice and works very well off the roller coaster too.
How about a quick peek into my online teaching classes on Zoom?
I am happy to announce that my young students, their young parents and I successfully graduated the WhatsApp classes. We still haven’t abandoned the latter, it remains a trusty sidekick. In fact it is a fantastic support system to the more flashy Zoom- send or receive messages and schedule meetings in a jiffy. Then everyday for four hours, breaks included, 46 tiny windows flash on my laptop screen and we go zoom.
The interaction no doubt is awesome.
Each window clamors for my attention, or not.
One odd camera is always off and that person has either sneaked off from the room or is snoozing.
A Pandora’s Box of problems!
“Connectivity problems ma’am. That’s why I was late.” (Could be by half hour or surfaced during the last 10 minutes of the lesson).
“Please repeat question 3, 4, 5. I missed those because I had connectivity problem.”
Till I received a tentative schedule of the Term Exam next month.
Thinking of the tons of syllabus pending, more discussions on tests, mock tests and connectivity issues.
Stuff that makes me sing, inside my heart of course.
“Classes in the morning,
staff meetings in the evening,
screen strain is real,
can’t I just Netflix and chill?”