Teaching in Disruptive Times


The transition to remote teaching and learning and the stress related to the COVID pandemic have created personal wellness issues that can affect both you and your students. Many people have reported heightened feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety, eye strain, and “Zoom fatigue.” The first step to counteracting these symptoms is to follow proven healthy habits: sleeping enough, staying hydrated, eating wisely, exercising, taking breaks, and staying in touch with others. Because you may be teaching from home, the lines between work and personal life can easily become blurred, removing the sense of being “at home” after class. Creating a dedicated space for teaching and establishing and following routines can go a long way in supporting your mental wellbeing. You also play an important role in your students’ mental and physical health. Watch for their signs of stress and anxiety and potential COVID symptoms. Familiarize yourself with the services offered by your campus Student Services department  as their staff can address myriad student issues. Try to be patient and positive but please reach out if you need a new perspective. There are learning communities and Facebook groups dedicated to “pandemic pedagogy” and all of the ups and downs associated with teaching in this difficult time.

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