It can be helpful to remember the benefits of distance learning during these challenging times. The global pandemic has shaken up our lives and careers. It will transform education forever. We all mourn the loss of our old lives and lifestyles. However, let’s look on the bright side and examine some of the positives.
1. Protect your health
The most important and obvious benefit of distance learning is staying healthy. We all know that schools are germ factories, whether it’s cold, flu, or COVID. Staying at home will keep you and your community from coming into contact with these all kinds of germs.
2. No Commute
You will save stress, time, and money on the lack of a commute. Have you called your car insurance company yet? There may be discounts available for people working from home.
3. Classroom management headaches are gone
While you miss your students, you don’t miss the headaches involved with managing their behavior. Struggling with talkative class? Just mute them 😝.
4. Benefits for students with disabilities
Distance learning is more flexible and students can work through assignments at their own pace. A more personalized learning experience is possible. Students can revisit content and use tech tools to assist them in completing their work.
5. Helps students learn to use tech tools
Students will develop many skills during this time. They will become more proficient completing and submitting work through online platforms. This will undoubtedly help them in the future.
6. Helps you learn tech tools
Technology is here to stay. Being forced into a distance learning scenario will open your eyes to tools that will help you in your career, even when we’re back at school. Here are five free tech tools for teaching writing.
7. Fewer distractions from learning
Students will not have as many peer distractions. They can work at home with less pressure to fit in socially, wear the coolest new outfit, or join in with the class clowns.
8. Goodbye business casual
Your morning routine is likely to be a lot faster when you’re less worried about wearing a professional outfit, shoes, hair, and makeup. You can also save some money on clothes, dry cleaning, and cosmetics this year.
9. Work from anywhere
As long as your job is digital, you can work wherever there is Wi-Fi. Spend a week at your parents’ house, at a lake house, or go work in the park. Once travel becomes safer, you can even consider international locations! Read about how I became a digital nomad here!
10. Spend time with your family
These strange times of staying at home will keep you close to your family. This is one of the benefits of distance learning that we can easily take for granted. Remember that in a few years, you may feel nostalgic for this season of life.
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