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Teaching from Home: The Garage Space as Classroom

Oct 05, 2021
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How important are teachers? This question would merit an essay worth 10 pages. If that is still not enough, a thesis topic could have been possible, too. From our formative years to adulthood, teachers are always present in our lives. They are responsible for educating us starting from learning to count, read and write to mastering specializations that we are now using to earn money and better ourselves and society. Teachers are the first ones to see our potential. In fact, when we were discerning what to pursue in college, they were there to guide us. The celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5 should not only be about giving tributes to the many help and sacrifices they have been doing but also showing care and kindness, especially during these difficult and strange times. In this crucial day and age of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers are also one of the most badly hit by the ongoing crisis. It took a lot of effort (could still be an understatement) to adjust. They have to prepare to migrate to online platforms to be able to teach, which costs a fortune. They had to purchase laptops or tablets, high-quality microphones and headphones, and high-speed internet for online classes. And all the while they are adjusting and preparing themselves to normalize this kind of teaching, they also have to take good care of their students who are also new to this kind of setup. There is a lot to consider when teaching in this new normal setup. For one, there should not be any distractions in your environment, whether it is your background or your table setup. Second, it should be absolutely free from noise and foot traffic. Third, it should be a place where you can concentrate on your teaching and focus on the needs of your students.
Convert your garage into your teaching station
Considering all these factors, converting the garage into your teaching space seems the most logical and plausible solution to creating a classroom simulation in the very comfort of your home. The garage is relatively unattached to the main house where foot traffic is heavy. The living room can get crowded during the day. The kitchen can get busy during meal times and meal prep times. The bedrooms can get too cozy and the bed can get too inviting, which is hard to resist. This leaves us with the garage space. It is the most ideal room in your house where you can freely conduct lessons and classes. You can also simulate your classroom setups during the pre-pandemic. In this way, you and your students will somehow get the feel of the classrooms they are missing for so long.
The Workspace
A good table to work on is a durable workbench. Buy the Fleximounts Durable Workbench with Built-in Drawer WB201. It can hold a multi-desktop setup, printer, papers, books, and other paraphernalia you have all at once. And you can store small school supplies such as pencil cases, punchers, staplers, rims of papers inside the drawer. The workbench is designed with high-quality craftsmanship. Its work surface is made from rubberwood measuring 1-in thick and sealed with varnish to protect against chips and scratches. The weight capacity it can hold is up to 3,000 lbs. The built-in storage drawer embedded in the worktop provides seamlessly integrated storage space for your workshop supplies. The modern design blends in perfectly with the rest of the structure while keeping your belongings out of sight and neatly put away. Even if you are working on uneven floors, the adjustable feet make it easy to level the workbench as needed. Moreover, you can use this workbench for multiple applications. You can set this up in your home, garage, warehouse, mailroom, basement, workshop, or office. You can use this even after the school year ends. So, this would be a sound investment. You can also hang whiteboards or chalkboards on the walls using a Fleximounts Flat Hooks 4 pcs for Overhead Racks and Wall Shelving GRH1. Or you can also utilize the wall shelvings as stands for your hooks, where you can attach the boards that you have. You can also easily access these boards by installing them parallel to your workbench, serving as your background. Other teaching materials like posters, workbooks, and other school-related documents can be organized on a shelf. The Fleximounts Customizable Workbench Shelving Frame WB107 is also a good option. Its heavy-duty construction holds twice more than traditional workbenches and offers dependable load-bearing performance, which can hold up to 1,000 lbs per shelf. The iron-made workbench legs can last for years and are made of top-quality stainless steel screws. What’s more is that you can choose and customize the shape, color, and size to suit your ideal specifications of up to 8 ft long and up to 4 ft wide. The customizable workbench can also be used in multiple ways such as assembling tables, potting benches, or even study desks or work from home desks. A teacher’s documents and papers are way too many as the students’ worksheets, projects, homework and other items that need to be checked and graded can fill up the space in the garage. Therefore, you will be needing more shelves to store and organize these items. And a good rack that fits your needs would be the Fleximounts Free 2’x4’ Garage Shelving Heavy Duty GS24. The three-tier heavy-duty storage shelf has large storage, a stable structure, and a 4,650-lb weight capacity. It features an adjustable height for each layer. You can freely adjust according to your needs to place items of different heights. The heavy-duty steel construction with powder-coated finish enhances stability, durability, and corrosion resistance, and is easy to clean. The shelf has protective plastic foot pads to prevent the bottom of the rack from rusting and at the same time to protect the floors from abrasion. Additionally, the shelf is not limited to garage use only, but can also be utilized in different setups in the home and warehouse. Another option would be the Fleximounts Free 2’x4’ Garage Shelving Heavy Duty GS24. The three-tier heavy-duty storage shelf has large storage, a stable structure, and a 4,650-lb weight capacity. It features an adjustable height for each layer. You can freely adjust according to your needs to place items of different heights. The heavy-duty steel construction with powder-coated finish enhances stability, durability, and corrosion resistance, and is easy to clean. The shelf has protective plastic foot pads to prevent the bottom of the rack from rusting and at the same time to protect the floors from abrasion. Additionally, the shelf is not limited to garage use only, but can also be utilized in different setups in the home and warehouse.