How do we become an online teacher?
by Wayne Stein, Ph.D. (Doc Nirvana Stein)
Sense of Humor. If you met me, I am a very serious, kind, and thoughtful person. However, I worry that our world is falling to hell. Indeed, I worry that a demon dragon, a samurai on steroids, or a Chinese vampire is about to attack me. Though we live in hell, the online realm can become our heaven. So try to possess a virtual sense of humor while fighting the demons of your everyday struggles.
Happiness is our natural state while sadness comes through thinking. If a virtual heaven is not for you, just be yourself. Find the virtual self that is closest to you! Your students will welcome such authenticity. To enhance the virtual self, your online persona, you have to craft and polish it a bit. If Hemingway wrote about catching a fish, the fish grew in length each time he told the tale. Thus, a virtual self needs time and editing to grow and become more interesting. Haha!