Illawarra students doing it tough in lockdown, say parents
Not transitioning well in this house. Try being a non-teacher teacher to a yr 6, year 9, and a year 11 that has learning issues.
We are in the same boat. My son is in year 11 and finding it very hard also. I'm very lucky his school as been very helpful.
Home schooling, how does this work when parents are also working from home? I asked my 7 & 10 year old niece and nephew how home schooling is going, they looked up at me with the Playstation remote in their hands and said it's great.
They should be at school, that's why my daughter is going 2 to 3 days a week as she's told me it's a waste of time doing it remotely.
Home schooling sucks. Parents aren't teachers. Need to sort out some kind of system so kids can go back to school! It's too hard. My kid is so uninterested in "school work" while at home. Plus he is so bored and his head is more in a TV than ever before. Plus I'm home schooling and doing TAFE Zoom classes at the exact same time. We get the work done but we are frustrated.
I get that remote learning is difficult for many and that everyone's experience is different... but to offer a different experience... With a year 10 student and a year 6 student, we are generally finding that remote learning has been a reasonably positive experience. The kids are being well directed by the schools and generally managing their own workloads. For our kids, they are learning a huge amount about the world, managing risk, how politics works (or doesn't work), coping with challenges, using technology differently and being self guided in managing work and learning.
I recognise it's not ideal to have them doing remote learning and wouldn't like it for the long term but feeling fortunate that it's working out ok for us and that we have access to the technology and resources to make it work.
For us It's the lack of sport and physical activity for our 12-year-old boy that is proving the biggest challenge! I do feel for those who are less fortunate and that don't have access to the tools and resources to make it work as well, and recognise that depending on work and hone arrangements it's clearly a very challenging time for many.
Given that kids are catching and spreading the Delta variant much more now though, I'd rather have ours home and safe, than out spreading the love with the school community. Let's hope we can get on top of it quickly...
I'm still able to work but my partner is trying to run a business from home and isn't getting any feedback for work submitted by our son in year 6. He's trying so hard but zero support from his teacher, who is expecting a lot of work to be submitted. He did a weeks worth of maths in a day and a half. No feedback at all. Surely you'd give the kid a virtual high-five for the effort in these difficult times?