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Friday, August 14, 2020

It’s the first time I’ve found myself working full time during a vacation. I should be over the worst of it in about three days. I’m grading exams and working out end of term grades all by email. I can’t find a couple of exams and I don’t know if I accidentally erased them or if the students didn’t send them in. I’m getting lots of emails from students thanking me for my classes. It’s very heartening and compensates for being a slave to the computer.

Nowadays when I hear people.say they’re not good with computers, I remember that I was saying that a few months ago. Now I feel that’s not me any more, even though I’ve only made a small amount of headway. The big thing is that I’m no longer intimidated and unwilling to try. I never thought I would be able to find positive aspects to online teaching. I still think it’s a poor substitute for face to face teaching but it’s been an adventure I’m beginning to enjoy. I’ve been asked to work part-time at my school after retiring. It will be good to make a gentle transition to retirement so it looks like I may still be working beyond seventy. I prefer to keep active and also to have that extra bit of financial security.
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  • KENDRACARROLL
    You've certainly lived up to the challenge.
    Hoping you'll actually get some time off during your time off :)
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    59 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    Congratulations on becoming computer savvy - and bold as well.

    Many friends of mine did a part-time transition into retirement. Like you, they enjoyed the structure and the extra income. In my case - if I had lingered, it would have been difficult for the new director to put her stamp on things, so while I was available (and still am) with institutional history - I let her create the new, younger, fresher, institution. Besides - I'd seen too many library directors meddle with their successors and it always turned out badly. It was truly an opportunity for me to learn from other people's mistakes!

    I hope you get a little vacation before you step back into your last full term.
    67 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Good luck. Always difficult to stay afloat in busy times. Part time working would be nice!
    67 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    You have a terrific attitude and it's really come up aces for you during these tough times . . . Good on ya!!
    67 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Well done you!
    68 days ago
  • EISSA7
    I am so very proud of you for not only “making it through” the term but actually feeling comfortable enough with the necessary skills that you can admit there are some positive aspects....When it came to “sink or swim”....YOU conquered your fears and intimidation and did a great job! Be proud of yourself, Margaret!!
    And ...transitioning into retirement is an awesome idea! emoticon
    68 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    emoticon Such a positive post!
    68 days ago
  • SERENASEA
    I echo @BUTTONPOPPER1's comments, as I'm pretty sure the offer to continue teaching part time following your retirement is not a random one. As frustrating as the transition to online teaching has been for you, it has to make you feel good to know the students have been less fearful about asking for help or guidance and have appreciated your support. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Just think of all the new brain cells and telomeres you've grown in the process!
    68 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I'm delighted to hear you've been asked to continue working part-time past the time you intended to retire! That shows how valued you are, and it must feel so good that they want you to stay. And I am truly inspired by how your relationship with computers has changed. This sentence revs me up: "The big thing is that I’m no longer intimidated and unwilling to try." I want to change and be like you are now, as I am now what you say you used to be, and I'm tired of being so afraid of everything. I am cheering you on and so happy for these positive developments. With your increasing skills, you'll probably be able to do everything faster pretty soon and work from home more, which will eliminate the commuting time, so it sounds like a super-good plan!

    I'm betting you didn't accidentally delete those exams, my dear, and there may be a couple of students out there sweating--and not just because of the heat and humidity.

    Anyway, great blog, and I'm happy for the way things turned out in your online adventure!
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    68 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    lt says a lot that your school has asked you to stay on part-time. They value your teaching very much. Just don't get yourself too tired.
    68 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    Glad you're finding it easier now and even more glad your students are so appreciative of all you do.
    Hey you're keeping your brain active for sure emoticon emoticon


    68 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    I would have loved to continue teaching part time for a few years but that was not an option. emoticon

    So glad you feel so much more comfortable doing online teaching now...practice makes perfect!

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    68 days ago
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