Keep in mind, most of these reasons have nothing to do with actually teaching online, but they are the major perks of the lifestyle!icanworkinmypajamaswhiteEnough said…

IcanavoidgermswhiteAs many people know, I do not like germs.  While teaching in the “real” classroom, I greatly despised having dirty-feeling hands all day every day.  I even considered becoming a science teacher so that I could have a sink in my classroom!  JUST KIDDING… but I was certainly envious of those sinks.  Baby wipes and clorox wipes were my savior…ESPECIALLY baby wipes because they were cheap.  I kept them at the door and all around for students to clean desks, their hands, etc. Did I have hand sanitizer around?  Sometimes, but mainly just for the students.  I am not am not a fan of the smell.

Now how did I walk around all day every day with dirty hands if I am such a germ freak?  I simply wasn’t able to wash my hands.  We were required to be at our doors between classes, and all of our classes were back to back.  The only guaranteed times I would wash my hands were after using the restroom, which I would always do during my lunch break (if I took one), and my prep period (if I wasn’t covering another teacher’s class).

Now that I work at home, I wash my hands all the time and I love it!  Plus, I get to use the bathroom anytime I want. 🙂

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From my time teaching at a brick and mortar school, I realized that I loved everything about teaching except for excessive grading and record keeping.  Due to teaching online, I can avoid most of this and allow my creative mind to flourish.

Here are some of the things that I create for my classroom:

  • Videos
  • Power Points (including files that I sell on tpt)
  • Word Documents
  • PDFs (including files that I sell on tpt)
  • White Board Files (.wbd) to use in Black Board Collaborate
  • Adobe Captivate Files (.cptx)
  • SWF Files (.swf)
  • Graphics and Clip Art

Sometimes I wish that I could quit teaching so that I could play on the computer.  I would love to learn how to become a real graphic artist.  Also, I would love to have more time to make teacher products.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not planning on quitting teaching… I would miss it too much.

ilovemydoggiesfamilyandfriendsBy working from home, I am able to see my doggies, family members and friends more often. Yes, I am still working the same hours, but being at home makes my life a million times easier.  If everyone is driving me crazy, especially the dogs, all I have to do is close the door to my office to get a little peace and quiet.  I don’t HAVE to work in my office though.  Sometimes I like to work downstairs so that I can sit on the couch or stand up at the counter height tables I have.  When I was working at school building, I felt like I never got to see my fiancé.  Sometimes I still feel that way when we are on opposite schedules, but at least I get to see him.  I love seeing him on my breaks, however small and infrequent they are.  Also, he kisses me goodbye before he leaves, even if I am in the middle of class.  Another Bonus:  If I feel like having a “co-teacher” for the day, or even just for one class, I can invite my dog, Charlie.  He loves sitting as close to me as physically possible. I think he would burrow underneath my skin if he could.

isavemoneyI save money on clothes because I don’t need them for every day use.  I am completely comfortable going to the grocery store in my pajamas or workout clothes.  I do need clothes when I go out to do something, if I attend a field trip, or if we have a meeting at the office.  I do like to turn the camera on while teaching.  For this, I need a top.  I tend to wear tank tops around the house.  In fact, I have very prominent tank top and flip-flop tan lines, due to what became last school year’s uniform. How did I get tan lines?  I live in Las Vegas and take the dogs in the backyard (flip-flops) and on walks (tennis shoes).  OK, back to needing a top… I prefer not to wear tank tops on camera, so I leave a sweater or shirt nearby for easy access so that I instantly look more professional on camera.  A lot of times I do not shower until after class, and I try not to wear about doing my hear or wearing make-up.  My students still tell me I am beautiful… so sweet of them 🙂

What are some other things I save money on?

  • GAS!  I don’t drive nearly as much as I used to.  Also, I can get reimbursed for any miles I travel for meeting and other work expenses.  I haven’t taken advantage of getting reimbursed yet; I really need to do that next year!
  • Clothes, Shoes, Make-Up, etc.
  • Food, water bottles, coffee, etc.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  I have a depressing amount of school supplies that I purchased sitting in my garage.  I need to do something about that!  I am considering selling some items, but am also happy to give some to fellow teachers.
  • Other Classroom Items:  Books, Bins, etc.
  • Candy and Prizes for students.  I was never a big fan of bribing students, but did take part at times.  It can really work when used properly!  During my last year of teaching at a brick and mortar school, I stopped buying candy altogether.

When working at home, the opportunities to save money are endless!

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Finally, one bonus of working at home that I need take better advantage of next year:

I can multitask!  laundry, dishes, and other cleaning tasks should be easier for me to carry out.  I just need to remind myself of this once the school year starts…  It is tempting to avoid chores when I have work to do!  I thought of this bonus while writing this post and looking around my house that I need to clean desperately.   Playing on the computer is simply more fun than doing chores!

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The top 3 of reasons that actually relate to my love of teaching online:

  1. Creating resources for my students.
  2. Making an impact on my students by tutoring them or connecting  with them.
  3. Teaching classes virtually.

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