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Starting Virtual: A Teacher’s Perspective by Margaret Goldberg – teacher, literacy coach, education advocate Instructional time lost last spring weighed heavily on my conscience. I kept thinking, “This was students’ one chance at [kindergarten, first grade, second grade….] and they got cheated.” I had been leading a grant-funded project devoted to improving reading instruction in…
When school is virtual and most peer interaction is happening on Minecraft and Fortnight, how do I know I know when the screen time has gone too far?
This pandemic seems to have triggered some anxiety / depression in my child (and me too!). How much is expected because of the pandemic or lack of interaction with friends, and when should we get professional help?
Season’s greetings! It’s that time of year: back to school…or something! It’s time to celebrate? Yes, it is! Stay with me here. While this back to school season is unlike any other and may bring some feelings of apprehension and uncertainty, we can’t forget to mark this new start and celebrate the possibilities.
This spring rocked my world. I should start by saying I’m incredibly fortunate. My family is safe and healthy. We have what we need, and then some. And because I don’t work outside of the home, I was able to focus on my kids when school became virtual in March.
Having spent my entire career building education businesses that use technology and data to improve student success, I found myself in a strange spot this spring. Like most of us, I was stuck at home as my two young boys were thrust into remote learning.
Who enjoys staring at themselves on their computer screen?!? No one. The answer is no one enjoys staring at themselves on their computer screens. COVID-19 has made me inordinately aware of every extra pound, every wrinkle, and worst of all, every facial expression I make.
School is BACK. This week, at the age of 42, I started the 1st grade for the second time in my life. It appears several other parents in my son’s class have too. Distance Learning 2.0 here we come.
In a career focused on social and emotional learning (SEL), I’ve learned that educators and parents discuss it a lot, but often, are not speaking the same language. Some mean social skills. Some mean mental health. Some mean resilience in the face of trauma. The list goes on.
At the beginning of August, we launched an informal temperature check to understand if what we were feeling as educators and parents during this far-from-normal school experience was shared by others. Several hundred parents responded and the results were both compelling and validating: You are not alone.
Last Thursday was the Night of the Zoom calls. All the NYC public schools in our orbit—both the one we’re leaving behind and the two my kids are starting fresh in the Fall—scheduled all-school Zoom calls to talk about their plans from reopening.
This spring, my 3rd and 7th daughters didn’t learn a whole lot in school, but as we limped across that finish line (my husband escaping to his one-man office while I pretended to focus on my clients and not the dumpster fire beyond my bedroom-turned-office door), we definitely learned some valuable lessons as a family.