That’s me laughing my head off at my thoughts two weeks ago on this same blog. It’s also me laughing at this article about setting priorities and using the “Urgent / Important” matrix.
So we’ve just finished our first week of online learning and I’ve learnt a heck of a lot. One of the main things being that the only way to get out of box 1 is by working roughly 20 hours a day non-stop so that you can set up systems and structures to move things into normal operational mode.
The problem is that while I’m answering urgent matters with students and teachers I’m not setting up the structures.
What I’ve managed to set up so far:
- A reasonably reliable Corona Virus guide with reputable links
- A FAQ for our LMS Moodle (for teachers) to try and ensure consistency in look and feel and approach for our students. It’s really important that they see the same thing course by course and don’t get frustrated. But for that to happen, teachers also need help.
- An FAQ page for students who struggle with various tools or sites.
- Tips for parents (not that I’m managing to follow any/all of them myself at any one time, but they’re nice in theory)
- A different page with links, tips and advice for each of the systems and tools that are “China proof”
- Awareness of tools likeTime and Date Meeting to coordinate people in different time zones.
It’s basically a triage system, but unfortunately it’s hard for people in panic mode to absorb so much information, so a lot of the time we do need to do emergency surgery. I must say that Microsoft Teams has come out the hero here – besides a brief all systems down last week, it’s been pretty robust and reliable.
Now I’m going for a walk, the sun is shining and the moon is full. Everything else is shot. No blogging, no Chinese, little reading of anything substantial, basic diet and way too little sleep, no schedule.
How is everyone else doing?