Posted by: lifeonislandtime | July 18, 2015

Insights from Insight

I taught online school for many years. Too many, if the truth be told. People taught at insight for many reasons: retirees looking to supplement their retirement, military spouses, relocates, parents of terminally sick children, and more. The only stated requirement for teaching at insight is they you have a minimum of 3 years teaching in the classroom. This ensures that the teacher understands the rudiments of lesson design, how to engage students, and how to complete paperwork. I would argue that a more important requirement is the ability to sit in one place without moving a muscle for hours on end. There were days that I began work at 9 am, and at 9pm I hadn’t moved from the same spot. I may have made a quick bathroom break, or gotten some food, but spent the day in one spot, working frantically to keep up with the demands of the job.
To get to Europe you have 2 choices: a multi-leg flight with multiple stopovers where you can get off the plane and stretch, walk, get decent food, etc; the second choice is to take a long-haul flight non-stop. Our first trip, we did the former. This trip, we did the latter. 
As a former on-line teacher, I was singularly qualified to fly non-stop to Europe. Our nine-hour flight was significantly less time than I was used to spending sitting. In fact, compared to working online, the flight was downright easy: only 9 hours long, my meals were delivered so I actually got to eat, I got to play games and watch TV, I got to sleep, and I had no deadlines. Oh yeah, and at the end of the day, I was in Europe on vacation. Not bad for a 9-hour day of sitting.


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