Home schooling and how it has impacted my attitude towards teachers

Parents and teachers are anxiously waiting as schools take steps on how to reopen. As a parent whose children have different learning styles, Robbie writes an excellent post on distance online learning at home. As a teacher, I know she is spot on. This is a must read for educators and parents.

Robbie's inspiration

Gregory in a school concert when he was 8 years old

My sons have been home schooling since our schools first closed on 18 March this year. That equates to four and a half months of my having to drag my youngest reluctantly from his bed each school day, feed him and force him to sit in front of his computer for at least some of the day. It also involved me having to try to get to grips with all his Google classrooms, on-line tasks and their submissions and even his school email. It has been hard work to say the least.

I had no such issues with Gregory, my older son. Greg is exactly like me, hugely driven and determined. Nothing was going to stand in the path of his personal goals and success. Greg simply got stuck in and spend most of my 8 hour working day…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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28 Responses to Home schooling and how it has impacted my attitude towards teachers

  1. Opher says:

    I think a lot of people during lockdown will come to realise how difficult teaching is.

  2. I’m glad Lockdown didn’t happen back in the 1980s, otherwise I would have had to teach my (then) hyperactive son for 6 hours a day!

  3. Robbie had done another wonderful posting. So interesting and very important to realize what good teachers can do for children, and how Covid-19 is destroying some myths. Michael

  4. An excellent share, Jennie. The schools here in Portland, OR aren’t opening this fall. I hope all schools are taking the health of their teachers and students and their families seriously.

  5. beetleypete says:

    Great reblog, Jennie. Robbie always talks sense.
    Best wishes, Pete,.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I am glad you posted this. It came in when I was without my computer. She really nails a main problem. In our town many parents don’t have the education or language skills needed to teach their kids. There really isn’t an ideal solution, but at least we can acknowledge how hard the present pandemic is on us all.

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    As I told Robbie before, if all parents were like her, our job would be far easier. Unfortunately, many are doing the best they can under the circumstances and don’t have a lot of time to help their kids. This method of teaching/learning is hard on many. Kids miss out on so many things, especially the social benefits that come with sharing, taking turns, and learning to work with others.

    • Jennie says:

      You are exactly right, Pete. She does just that. Robbie is a full time working mom, and she figured out how to make it work on her own. It is hard on parents! And as you say, kids miss out on so much. Sigh!

  8. Thank you for sharing, Jennie. It is appreciated.

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