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If LOs school provided lesson plans....are you doing them?

  1. Anagram

    eggplant / 11716 posts

    @MamaCate: aw, thanks! I am one of the lucky ones, though. It could be so much worse for my family—I have neurotypical children, I am an educator for a living, I have a husband that is super involved (outside of the hours of 8am-6pm-ha).

    I have a student that lives with a single parent, and I don’t know if the parent is working from
    home or having to go into work—but the student is autistic and normally has a 1:1 class aide all day. He is having a really, really hard time. I get 10-15 messages a day from him, just full of anxiety and upset (at the school work, and of course it’s upsetting, he is literally not capable of doing this stuff alone and has an IEP saying so) and meanwhile, we have other parents always asking for MORE, so their kids will be at the computer not bothering them from 9-3 each day. And I understand why that might be the case, first hand. I would also love for my kids to not bother me from 9-3 each day. There’s also a big disconnect between the teachers who don’t have young kids at home and those that do—the teachers without are pushing for more “accountability”, more live lessons. We are now having a live faculty meeting next week—like why? Just put that shiz in an email.

    It’s like.....augh.

  2. MamaCate

    pomegranate / 3595 posts

    @Anagram: wow that’s a lot! It’s so helpful to think about it from the teacher side and the parent side. And I feel like those teachers without kids who are pushing for “accountability” are just trying to cling onto a shred of control to stay sane...but it would still make me crazy!

  3. meganmp

    persimmon / 1420 posts

    @Anagram: We have weekly live faculty meetings too! Last week it was an hour and a half. OMG.

  4. Corduroy

    pomelo / 5258 posts

    I spent some time reviewing this week's assignments and organizing all the sheets (which were given to us rather randomly in a folder due to the extreme rush). Now DD has one packet for each day. She's also logged into Google classroom. I'm feeling a lot more prepared going into this week. At least DH and I know what we're trying to get her to do. Good luck this week everyone!

  5. ShootingStar

    coconut / 8472 posts

    We just got started with distance learning today and luckily it’s not very demanding. For the first assignment today DS (kindergartener) had to listen to a book on YouTube and then draw a picture about his favorite part of the story.

    I have a very demanding job and so does DH. Right now we are switching off every other morning taking on the kids. But essentially that means I’m still on my computer reading and responding to emails and doing various work things while I’m responsible for my 6 year old and 3 year old not killing each other. So if the school work gets any more demanding it’s just not going to happen and I’m not going to feel bad about that.

  6. Corduroy

    pomelo / 5258 posts

    Update: my Sunday night enthusiasm is gone. It was nice while it lasted.

  7. Jess1483

    nectarine / 2641 posts

    We were on spring break last week. This week, the district has sent out very vague district – wide plans. As a former teacher, I feel I can better direct his learning than that, so we are doing our own stuff for the week (I did look at the plans, and I think they are fine and I’m glad they offered them to parents who don’t really have a sense for where to start. They do, though, look fairly time intensive for the adults working with the kiddo.) The teachers are using this week to prepare activities moving forward, so once his teacher sends things out, we will do those activities. I have a 10-month-old, so getting much into the day is difficult, so I am interested to see what those activities look like. But my son is fairly motivated, So I’m optimistic. DS2’s teacher at his play-based preschool has specifically said she won’t be sending anything home, but will post ideas and things to Facebook. She is just encouraging us to engage as much as possible with our kiddos and play.

  8. threeplusme

    cherry / 248 posts

    Just checking in to see how it's going for everyone after a few weeks in. I'm in NJ and we've been crisis schooling since march 16th. Our district has a clear plan but the workload seems overwhelming. Wondering if anyone else is overwhelmed?

  9. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @threeplusme: what grade? Our school sent out a survey and many parents responded they were spending 3-4+ per day on the work so the school actively tried to reduce that and additionally a lot of us commented that the format was not great. The work was laid out by subject rather then by day which was much more annoying for parents. After the school made these adjustments things have been smoother. Have you been asked for any feedback or offered any?

  10. threeplusme

    cherry / 248 posts

    @gotkimchi We had spring break a week and a half ago and they did send out surveys. I emphasized that the mental health of my family was my priority. We started phase 3 of our virtual learning plan and I was hopeful that it would be easier. On paper it sounded good but in reality it's as much if not more work than before. They're trying to do a combo of synchronous and asynchronous instructions but if they're in a google meet for 30 minutes then that's 30 minutes they're not do assigned work. My kids are 4th, 4th and 1st. My 1st grader's work is manageable but she needs help every 15 minutes to check something or find the program etc. My twins workload is a lot. My own workload is fortunately pretty flexible but my husband's is not as he is on calls all day. I think i just hit a wall this week since there is no end in sight and I'm stressed!

  11. Corduroy

    pomelo / 5258 posts

    I'm dragging my 1st grader through her research paper. The teacher's method was a bust for her so I'm writing all her bullet point on post its so we can reorganize them tomorrow.

    Honestly I had no idea 1st graders wrote research papers so I guess that's a + for parental involvement but I am so over it. And no, calling it a 'research story' is not better.

    The teacher has made some videos which are helpful and I'm praising her regularly because she looks and sounds incredibly nervous and uncomfortable. But I even when I watch the video and sit with DD while she struggles I have no idea how focused and well written a 1st grade paper is supposed to be. We had a one on one teacher conference today and apparently 'our' work is nowhere near good enough. DD cried into the camera saying 'Daddy told me to do it this way' and ran to hide behind the couch. So much for not passing on my paper writing anxiety.

    Other units are going better. We spend an average of 3.5 hours a day on it which is tough to squeeze in during work.

  12. mrs.kiwi

    kiwi / 635 posts

    @Corduroy: ummm the research paper and how your work is not good enough sounds cuh-razy to me.

    ETA: I homeschool and I spend around 1.5 hours doing “school.” My kid is only 6 and in k, but from 1st-3rd we will not be exceeding 2 hours. So to hear you guys doing 3-4 hours sounds intense to me.

  13. Mrs. Carrot

    blogger / nectarine / 2043 posts

    @threeplusme: I'm in a large district in Northern VA and our distance learning is now a documented disaster. Schools have been shut since March 13, and we were told that there would be no formal instruction until after spring break (April 14th). My first grader was supposed to have a half hour "morning meeting" 4 days a week (mostly social, some learning), 45 minutes of office hours every week with a small group of kids and her teacher, and assignments through videos and worksheets. The school district majorly bungled the live learning piece - last week it was security issues and capacity outages on Blackboard, so they scrapped everything after the first day to make security upgrades. Everything was supposed to resume this week, and once again, outages and Blackboard down, so once again, they scrapped everything. So between two weeks my kid got one meeting last week and one this week. She's a social learner so videos and worksheets are not cutting it for her and the false starts are so frustrating. I'm definitely pushing her to do the work because she loves to learn and her teacher and the whole first grade team put a lot of work into it and I so appreciate that, but none of it will be graded or counted so sometimes it is hard to push her when she's grumpy and just doesn't want to. She will do things all day long if she has a chance to discuss things with others, but I'm working so I can only do so much with her and you can only make a worksheet so fun, and I'm struggling to explain why she still should do it in a way that will resonate (so would love ideas from folks if you found something that works). The district is also sending standard grade packets to everyone to work on and I've noticed that the work the teachers put together don't even refer to the packets. I was really hopeful about this and it's been a major disappointment.

  14. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Corduroy: @threeplusme: that sounds soo hard

  15. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    Just wanted to update: we just got an email that we will only be doing course work mon-Thur from now on and also school will be released a week early on 5/21

  16. josina

    pomegranate / 3973 posts

    Wow, its crazy to me what some of you are required to do for schooling! I only have a preschooler, but the school isn't making any schoolwork mandatory (nor is the state), everything is optional. We just got a few sheets with suggestions (books to read, things to count, etc) and we try and do a couple items a day, but since DH and I WOH yet, that doesn't always happen.

    I'm not sure how schools can expect this stuff to get done for you guys! What about parents that are essential workers?!

  17. meganmp

    persimmon / 1420 posts

    We were told yesterday that the primary kids (preschool through 3rd) are moving to MORE online stuff- each grade level is going to do one hour, three times a week, of synchronous stuff with their class via Google Meets, in addition to 4 half hour blocks with specialists, in addition to 20 minute daily meetings. I have two kids and we just don't have the screens available for that. Plus... that's a lot of screen time for little guys. Trying to get it all done today (while teaching my own class and simultaneously being in a hiring committee meeting) was bananas.


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