Pro tip: have kids close in age so they can help each other with homework while you and your spouse sit back (cluelessly).
In case we thought Zoom faux pas were so 2020, I just logged in to a 7:00 mtg (that I thought started at 7:15) at 7:11 and said, "Why do they start so early?!"...without being muted. So that's how my Monday is going.
SO OVER ZOOM MEETINGS!
These aren't my exact feelings, but they're certainly familiar.
fav(Ahh, I hate when people write long impassioned comments, but I've written and deleted this like 5 times in the last 6 weeks so...)
Since school started this year (really, since it ended abruptly in March), I've seen lots of praise for teachers, and the large majority of that praise is warranted. Good job and thank you!
But ya' know who's not getting any of the credit? The kids. They're also dealing with the same situation, learning in completely new ways, working outside the normal hours (and walls) of school, in programs they've never dealt with before.
And I don't see any of the same praise or understanding extended to them.
My kids' (excellent, competent) teachers make mistakes every single day. They post a broken link, an incorrect article, can't figure out why their screen all of a sudden won't share, thought they posted an assignment 10 days ago but it never went live, etc. Sometimes they realize, sometimes the students have to point it out to them, sometimes it's corrected, sometimes not, and the kids adapt and deal with it. That's understandable, it's bound to happen.
But when a student's internet blinks and they get kicked out, a mic or speaker goes out for a moment and they miss something important, or they submitted an assignment and it wasn't received on the teacher's end, there is no understanding, and no grace.
If you know me (and my husband, but moreso me haha), we take school, and accountability overall, pretty seriously. I'm not looking for a free pass. I'm looking for the same grace that's extended to teachers, to be extended to students.
If it's rough on you as an adult, try to imagine how hard the kids (little and big!) are working to keep up.
I don't know about virtual school, but virtual Back to School Night is where it's at.
I just saw a post that I think was meant to be funny, but is just untrue: All the homeschoolers are laughing at us fools trying to teach our kids.
Aside from homeschooling being very different than virtual school or distance learning, I don't think anyone is laughing at anyone.
We weren't/aren't homeschoolers, but as someone who has worked from home for a while, I'm not laughing at those who are just realizing the struggles. I empathize and laugh/cringe with you while you tell the story of how a client called right as the mail came and your dog lost their mind. And how you were in the middle of an important pitch and your kid-- who was making grilled cheese by themself while you were trying to keep your job-- set off the fire alarm. But no one's laughing out of spite or smugness.
While teachers are in the spotlight, I think it would be really hard to find ANYONE whose job hasn't changed in some way in the last 6 months. And I don't see anyone laughing about it (unless it's laughing so we don't cry, which I have done/seen some of hahaha).
Someone shared this in a parents'group I'm in, and the overwhelming response was that this is accurate. It can't continue this way. I don't have the solution, but this isn't working-- and definitely won't work in the fall.
Shout out to all the parents who suddenly became teachers this week on top of doing their regular full time job. Normally I'd say the kids are top priority, but right now I say if 3rd grade science needs to be skipped so you can keep your job, everyone will survive.
The good news is, tomorrow is Friday which means...nothing. Every day is the same. This is our life now.
Just keep breathing. But not near anyone else.
Today I said, "You don't have to get me anything for Christmas. All I want is for you to do something the first time I ask."
I leveled up in Parenting, right? I crossed some sort of guilt threshold and am advancing to Old Lady?
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