“My week of Teams calls”
Deciding what to track for my first visualisation was more difficult than I thought it would be! I tried to find something personal, but not too personal. In the end I decided to track how my working time has changed since going back to work from home and teaching in a lockdown environment.
My role at the international school I work at allows me to work closely with students & teachers from all subject areas and grade levels. Starting last year, my main responsibility at the school is to support and train teachers using digital tools for teaching face-to-face or online. I also train them on how to create teaching resources and transform more traditional forms of teaching into online learning environments. Sometimes my job involves offering weekly training sessions to the 60+ teachers in the upper school, but the majority of the time I work with smaller groups, usually by subject or level of expertise. This is in addition to teaching to classes and leading the design department
This week was a particularly busy week! As you can see from the diagram above (not to scale), I spent a lot of time this week preparing training resources (tutorials and presentation), and training teachers. Usually my weeks is more balanced.
How has my everyday work changed?
Since working from home again, I’ve tried to reflected about what the new normal for students and teachers is.
- More meetings than usual! I talk more often and with different colleagues than I would usually do. I really appreciate this, as it allows for better collaboration, communication and planning of projects. Having a 5 min meeting with someone is only possible with online call.
- I take fewer breaks… Now I have an alarm on my phone to remind me to take a break or stop working. The line dividing the private life and the work life has blurred.
- Students, parents & teachers are exhausted. Everyone is feeling the pressure of teaching and learning from home. Students are struggling not seeing their friends and learning from behind a screen for 8+ hours every day. Parents feel anxious about their children and their learning (or lack of). Teachers feel overwhelmed by the demands of teaching from home, learning how to use new apps or software, or the demands of their private life.
- My ‘job’ as a Digital Coach / Learning Technologies has become much more ‘visible’, but I’m not sure it has changed much.
After I finished drawing the first data visualisation, I wished that I had also tracked my ’emotional state’ during the week (relaxed, stress, anxious, etc.) depending on the task I was doing. Next week I will not use the ‘dotted’ paper I printed at home. I feel it limited the visuals I drew, as I felt the need to follow the lines and dots. Maybe a blank piece of paper will help me be more creative 🙂