You have been patient and forgiving. We know you are trying hard to balance work, care for your children, support their learning, all while trying to keep up your self-care. The #DragonPRIDE philosophy is to work as a team and we want to say you are a critical part of our team! We can’t be successful without you and you are doing an amazing job!
I have seen several references during this transition to “homeschooling”. What our parents/guardians are doing is not homeschooling it is crisis schooling. This is a partnership where the teacher is developing the content and the parent is facilitating the lesson during a challenging time. This is different from homeschooling where the parent is developing and delivering the lessons and there is a daily routine.
What you need to know as a parent/guardian is you are doing a great job! This new “normal” can be overwhelming for both teachers and parents/guardians. As a facilitator, breathe, guide the lesson, and please reach out to the teacher if you have questions.
State guidelines provide each grade level how much time the lessons should take each day. This is going to be much less than the time they spend at school. But remember, when a teacher delivers instruction to a classroom, there is a room full. It takes longer to make sure that each student is understanding the lesson. Teachers are providing office hours and creating lessons to meet the needs of your students for online learning. This is what you see… but know that what you don’t see is each teacher involved in professional learning. They are working to learn how to deliver instruction in this new environment and support the unique needs of each student and the parent/guardian.
Students are learning more than just math, reading, writing, and other content at this time. They are learning life skills. Don’t be afraid to let them get bored. Boredom leads to creativity and problem-solving. Cleaning, cooking, laundry, and pet care are great ways to develop life skills. How about those teens? Have them set up a budget, pay online bills, dispute a credit card charge, or balance a checkbook (old school). Students are learning to weather this crisis by how we handle it as adults. The skills they are learning during this period may be more valuable than what we can deliver within our school walls. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the content is important. I just believe it is time to give ourselves some grace. Help each other weather the storm. Our students are learning. #DragonPride