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Oct 20, 2020 01:56PM
Spookiesmom, thanks for the dog information. I too could talk dog all day!
I went to a specialist today, non-breast cancer related, and the office ladies were all talking about how horrible their children's learning is. The nurse asked me how I was, if I was around anyone who tested positive for Covid, and I told her "not that I know of, but I work in a school." She then asked what I thought about the hybrid learning and I told her that the hybrid is actually working much better than I expected. She responded that I was the first one to say that! Yikes!
There is no sugar coating it, we all think Covid sucks! That said, I do see very positive signs with highbrid. For one, class size. I wish we always had no more than 16 students in a class! I can give more individual attention with small classes than with the normal size of 35. Again, I am not the teacher, but an aide who helps with learning support, primarily for special education, but I help all students in the class. The students seem to be starting to "come alive" in class. No time is wasted telling everyone to quiet down or saying almost non-stop, " go back to the lesson, we aren't playing games now!" Normally up to half the class time can be distracted with disciplinary actions. Many complain about the chomebooks/iPads but much of our normal learning is electronic. Nothing changed there!
Holding Hybrid to a normal standard is ludicrous. It is like apples to oranges. But, like I said, if you look for positives you will see them! Not ideal, but not horrible either.
I have a great deal of empathy for parents, most of whom are working either in the home of out. They are all expected to do their job AND help their children navigate cyber school too! They are overwhelmed for sure. I tell friends and family in this situation, to remember how new this is. Let your children see how to handle challenges in life with a strong positive attitude. It does absolutely no good to blame or complain and it really doesn't make the child feel good if all he/she hears is the parents complaints.
Parents seem to think that lowering expectations during this time of Covid is the worst thing ever. It isn't. For one thing, like I previously mentioned, in a normal classroom setting, the kids get talkative, they aren't focused, they don't do their homework etc. That is the majority and I don't live in a low income area! The students who succeed in the normal setting, will succeed during the strange hybrid model. I know the effects are not as bad on most students as many say. I actually expect Covid to be a major excuse as to why a child isn't doing well in the future. Right now, having "all in school" would have horrible consequences. I for one would not work in the school, I am too high of a risk. Even hybrid has negatives, but it is the safest for now and will get better!
The thing is to all work together, to stop focusing on what we can't do and concentrate on what we can do!
Like battling breast cancer, this is not a time for negativity or blame, it is a time to do all we can to make things work the best we can while cutting ourselves some slack if we aren't living up to our "perfect" expectations.
6/6/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+
12/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)