My three summer online courses open today, so sure enough, I had THE DREAM last night. I’ve talked to other teachers about this, and many report that they too experience this particular nightmare every year, a day or so before school starts.
Somehow we show up in class without lesson plans, maybe without even knowing what classes we’re teaching. In one variant, which I’ve dreamed three or four times, I walk into the classroom and discover that I’ve been assigned to teach chemistry – a subject that I last studied in 1971!
My recurring nightmare now has an online variation. Last night I dreamed that I forgot to enroll students electronically. Even after years of dreaming THE DREAM, I still logged on to my computer at 5:45 this morning to check. Turns out there were some computer issues – welcome to my world – but the students were, indeed, enrolled. Whew.
I’ll post from time to time this summer about my experiences teaching online. If last summer proves an accurate guide, I’ll witness both the advantages and disadvantages of teaching and learning remotely. I’m an advocate of expanding online education opportunities – but not an uncritical advocate. Since Utah offers high school students the opportunity to take up to two courses online every year, my experiences may be relevant to some of you.
If anyone’s interested in the online essay-writing course, by the way, we’re offering it to students outside Juan Diego. Here’s a link to a website that describes the course.
Feel free to email me if you’d like more information.
By the way, in the interests of full exposure, the woman in the painting (“The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli, 1781) is a lot younger than I am!