Life: Distance Learning-Our New Normal
We did it!
We survived the first two weeks of Distance Learning. I am not going to lie to you — it was hands-down a very challenging week. And no, it’s not because I take for granted what the teachers do. Instead, it’s the processes that the school district has put in place that have us scratching our heads.
I know everyone is dealing with the same things; just different schools and different learning platforms. But one thing is for sure … this is work.
I am going to share with you how the process started for my family and some solutions that I feel would be helpful. Before we started, the school district sent out a technology survey to all of the parents. It just asked if we needed a computer in order to help our little ones be successful with online learning. I completed the survey and submitted the names of both of my children.
I didn’t know if we would get chosen but I filled it out anyway. Luckily, I received a call that they would be receiving a school-issued computer to share to complete their work. I was one happy mama!
As soon as I picked up the computer, I came home, cleared a spot on my dining room table and set up the computers and headphones for the kids. I made sure to log on and print all documents to help with a smooth transition to the new way of learning. I was feeling confident that I was prepared and ready to take on Distance Learning.
Boy was I wrong!
By the end of the week, I was brain dead. My plan for preparation did not work. I forgot to take into account that I would have multiple conference calls throughout the week. That we would have to set up and sign each child on for the Zoom Calls that they have to have and not to mention leaving the house to go and pick up the school lunch and breakfast.
It was a challenge.
With that being said, now that we know what to expect and how to maneuver within the system, we are going to create schedules. This week, we will put that schedule in place and I will be sure to share how it works with you next week. For starters, we will establish a routine. We dropped the ball on sticking with the school routine when the kids were told not to return to school. We stopped enforcing bedtime and waking them up early.
That is about to change.
My kids need the structure and to be honest, I need it, too. It will help me to stay on track with the work that is required for my job and helping them stay on track for school. I know there are only a few weeks left of “official” school days but I want to make sure I lead by example. My kids will be successful if I make sure to set them up for success.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the moms and dads doing their best to make this work. I will keep you posted on our progress as we continue on this journey of distance learning.
How has Distance Learning been going for you? Share in the comments below.
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