A New Curriculum
As we navigate this new territory of remote/ homeschool learning, we adults must figure it out first. Yesterday I was part of a video chat/ meeting to discuss what we can do for students and families over the next few weeks… or months?
There is so much more to learning than going to a website. From the chatter on FB, it seems like parents are finally understanding how much we do in a day. Yes parents, we have 28+ students in one room for 7 hours a day. And you’re having trouble keeping three focused at the kitchen table for more than 45 minutes? I realize that there are families who homeschool, and do it well- yet most families send their children to school,
So how can we support families? My district has decided that our goal is to sustain learning, not expect parents to teach new content. If we were to expect parents to do that, our gap will only widen. Will some parents teach the students new content- some will. However, the reality is that many don’t have the resources, patience or desire to focus on “school” right now.
This is a time when real-world learning can thrive. We can teach our children that kindness matters. That putting others first matters. That our family matters. So while our district has suggested activities, we understand the reality and uncertainty of the moment.