We just finished our first week of hybrid school.
For those playing along, and have kiddos in school, how did your first week go?
Now if you haven’t returned yet, obviously you can’t play, but you can still express your concerns. Those for who have returned, I am really curious to hear how school is going for you. It doesn’t matter if you have preschoolers or college age. It doesn’t matter if you are homeschooling, distance learning, hybrid, or in-school. Or...maybe you are a teacher....how was it for you? How was it for your students?
I'm giving you, my followers, a chance to participate. Here is your opportunity to tell it like it is or vent away. (Just log in to leave a comment--this prevents bots from leaving comments. No one likes bots.)
Monday was orientation for J, as a new 7th grader. He got on the van, and off he went. He received his schedule, his chromebook, met his teachers, had a tour of the school, learned the new protocols and came home. About 4 hours of fun in middle school. B needed to watch some videos the elementary school provided regarding new procedures and protocols in the new learning environment, about 15 minutes of fun. But he also received a chromebook. Everyone in the district received one (K-2 received iPads).
Tuesday started "real" school. J was logged into his first class at 7:45. Even though this whole week was half days, he met with 4 classes each day. Tuesday was Odd day (class 1,3,5,7): Social Studies, Art, Study Skills, and Wellness (PE plus). Wednesday was Even day (class 2,4,6,8): Math, English/Language Arts, Science and Reading. These were all online. On Thursday and Friday, he went to school, and had the same courses.
B on the other hand, as a 5th grader, was much more laid back...he had to join a Google meet everyday at 9:15, do a couple of activities, and then he was done. He too went into school on Thursday and Friday. He rode the bus, which had maybe 10 kids total on it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Both kids were happy with being back at school, seeing friends and teachers, learning new things., even if part of it was online. They were happy having things back to "normal".
Of course, next week will be different. It will be a full day of class, so the online learning will be much different, and I guarantee more difficult for two rambunctious boys. But they will survive, just like I did when I had to walk to the bus stop, in 3 feet of snow, uphill, both ways.
BTW, I hate the term, "new normal". It's just new. It sure as hell ain't normal. It is different.
I hope you will take a moment and share with me your experiences--the good, the bad and the ugly.
Also, if you want to be notified when a new post is up, please subscribe to my site as well. I don't keep track of anything, and you definitely won't be hounded by me or others, because I'm not selling anything. I'm just expressing myself.
C'mon...play along. All the cool kids are doing it!
And have a great Labor Day weekend!