For teachers trying to deal with a classroom full of teenage emotions via Zoom, it’s become an exhausting and draining experience. My suspicion is that everything is becoming more concentrated and teachers have to be hyper-focused. @CygnusX1 talked recently about how his child’s school was having only one video lesson per day. Was this prescient on their part to avoid teacher burnout?
So many people are reporting similar experiences that it’s earned its own slang term, Zoom fatigue, though this exhaustion also applies if you’re using Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, or any other video-calling interface. The unprecedented explosion of their use in response to the pandemic has launched an unofficial social experiment, showing at a population scale what’s always been true: virtual interactions can be extremely hard on the brain.
Inviting the resident educators on Cake to this panel for their perspectives.