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MsLaurie

If we go back to remote learning (I really really hope we don’t but...), what will you do differently this time, and what worked well last time?

What worked (for us!):

* writing a list of tasks on the whiteboard each day to tick off- helped us keep on track as both DH and I took turns working, and helped DD see some progress.

* getting lunches ready in a lunchbox and snack box- gave structure and stopped endless whining for snacks

* getting dressed in school clothes, doing hair properly. Helped differentiate the day and when school was finished getting changed was a good signal that it was done. Also helped make the weekends different.

what we’ll do differently:

* not even attempt to do things like PE - playing catch with a teddy bear is just annoying 

* buy a new ipad- our elderly one couldn’t download the required version of the apps needed and it was such a pest.

Anyone else?

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gravity1

I was happy with the way our school handled remote learning last time so I would expect to be able to pick up where we left off. It’s very unpopular to say this here, but my DS, who has ASD level 1, absolutely thrived in this environment and would actually prefer to go back to remote learning as his anxiety around the virus is worsening given the situation in Vic at the moment. 

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PrincessPeach

I’m wishing everyone the best of luck - I’m here in qld & the thought of going back to homeschooling is just terrifying.

However with a grade 1 child with learning disabilities & no individual learning plan (yet), I would be focusing on doing only the Maths & Science work which had to be submitted & sending in his speech therapy homework in lieu of the school set English work. In addition, I’d shift my work so that I would work weekends instead of trying to work, school one kid & wrangle a pre-schooler who was otherwise left to his own devises.

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seayork2002

Nothing really except ask the school again if ds can have atleast some off the computer learning so not 100% online

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Melbs2010

As much as I dislike the prospect of remote learning again I really hope they do it.  Mainly because it's clear that outbreaks are happening in schools and there is evidence of within school transmission.  And that my sense is the lockdown as a whole will be rendered less effective as a result and will drag on for considerably longer than six weeks.  If it was necessary in term 2 with minimal community transmission it is absolutely necessary now.  Teachers and students don't all reside within the one postcode.  Having on site learning brings with it so much movement of people and non-existent social distancing.

As far as what I would do differently - I'm just going to relax more and not stress about what work is getting done.  The basics of maths and literacy and anything else is a bonus.  I actually like the PE time as it breaks up the day and I think kids need to burn off some energy.  But we ignored the formal tasks and just did walks or bike riding.  This time I'm going to prioritise my own work and wellbeing a bit more.   I'm feeling less concerned about the prospect overall because I know what to expect and it will have a general time frame (although obviously case number dependent). 

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Sancti-claws

Our school did remote learning really well - the benefit of a small school.  They didn't try to put it all online - we just received a PDF every day with the subjects and what was to be done in various text books that had been sent home.  PE was actually fun as it was generally a you-tube link.

We printed out and marked off all that was done as it was done to keep DD on track (we learned the hard way about day 7) and I had the school bells times set as alarms on my phone.

It would require me to work from home again, though, as DH was not in a supervisory position.

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~LemonMyrtle~

We had it pretty sorted by the end of it. So did the school. We had a routine, reading, writing, spelling then maths then specialist Subjects if we were in the mood. We started at 9ish and went to lunchtime, anything that wasn’t done by then, wasn’t done. Keeping my younger son distracted and happy was difficult. 

so I hope it all goes back to how it was and the school doesn’t try to change much. Other mums are pushing for more face time using webex or whatever. I don’t want that, I like a flexible timetable that we can do when we are free, I don’t want to have to be at the lap top from 10-11 for an hour with the class. 

We bought a new lap top early on, that helped a lot, the old iPad we originally had was too small and too slow. The new Mac book has been great. Good for telehealth for my other son too. 

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~LemonMyrtle~

And something else that worked really well, but I hesitate to mention on these forums, cause it’s not for everyone, was  our nanny. We already had a nanny for my work days, for my younger son and both kids before and after school. So even though we are working from home now, the Nanny still worked, and handles the school work when DH and I are both working. 2 days a week. 

Biggest issue this time round, is that if cases increase more in our area, she may choose not to work for us for a while. That would suck, but it’s her choice. We are pretty safe to work for though, we never go out. 

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kimasa
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I don't think there would be anything we would change.

Our school had a tight timetable, which worked very well for us and the other parents I've spoken to about it. 

Hopefully the teacher doesn't mess up his password and get locked out of the classroom for a day this time though. At least the kids thought it was hilarious.

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Popper

I am hoping we don't have to return to home schooling (NSW), however DH has already announced he will take leave 2 days a week to give me respite should it happen again.

I will probably take carer's leave or long service immediately rather than try to juggle work with homeschooling like last time, which I did for 4 weeks before realising it was too much and just taking the leave. 

We pretty much had the technology and work spaces sorted last time so we know what works and what doesn't. 

God I hope it never happens again though...

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Kiwi Bicycle

We didn't do the PE last time, just went for walks, kicked a ball or rode a bike. Now the weather isn't so good, I might look at what gets set. 

We had a school box by the dining room table. Everything got put in there at the end of the day.

Our school ended up doing Wellness Wednesday, basically a day off reading , writing and maths. We only did what we wanted to and worked a day ahead or caught up on the normal stuff. DS wasn't interested in creating a dance to the school song for example.

Online learning really showed off who had skills in technology. The teachers of each year group worked together, taking a different subject each week in videos. One of the year group's teachers was only seen twice in any videos, and that was a morning greeting, not any of the work explaination videos. The new music teacher actually had great skills and her video/ slide  presentations were the most informative and had lots of links to resources. The art teacher found a good selection of draw along Youtube videos and those drawings are the best drawings DS has ever done. He learnt a lot and is now applying the concepts to his free drawings ( as an artist I hated the idea, but now see the benefit for kids just getting into drawing).

I am getting resigned to the fact it's  going to be online, but am hoping in might only be 3 weeks worth.

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Mose

CHonestly...I may well tell the school we will see them when school goes back.

My son does all sorts of self directed activities which are not curriculum, but educational anyway.

Our school never moved on from issuing written instructions in dense blocks of text, and berating students if the instructions weren't properly followed.

I am moving into my busiest time of year and DH also works full time. We are not repeating what happened last time.

The ONLY thing that would keep me on task is that I understand the teachers are working hard within the framework the school had set them, and I want to demonstrate respect for that to my son.

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Riotproof

Your school sounds awful, Mose. Are they good normally?

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José

What worked for us- doing whatever we pleased!

What id do differently? Nothing.

My primary aim was to survive with family relationships in tact. That was achieved and what id hope for next time.

I have a child with a range of disabilities. He learns best at school. We do what we can at home. Worrying about it doesnt it. Freaking out doesnt help. Being on his back doesnt help. 

From what I've heard this covid 19 is a big deal. Staying safe is important. Education is important but perhaps secondary to the health of the community. 

I respond to his interests when I can eg doing writing on a whiteboard rather than a piece of paper, choosing own topics to learn about etc etc.

Im keen to continue his learning but won't get caught up in the stress. How does that help?

 

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Mose
45 minutes ago, Riotproof said:

Your school sounds awful, Mose. Are they good normally?

They have an exceptional reputation (as in "buying into the xx primary zone" is a thing), but frankly apart from our prep and grade 1 teachers I have not seen anything amazing.

My son is "highly talented" or "gifted" depending which benchmark you use. We paid for the assessment, provided report, with suggestions (which I am told by other teachers were "teacher friendly" and realistic) to school. Nada. Not interested.

Keep sending reports home that, reading between the lines, say he is doing brilliantly academically, but a bit painful in the classroom.  Can't imagine why.

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Riotproof

Well. That’s awful. 

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Mose
13 minutes ago, Riotproof said:

Well. That’s awful. 

Agreed.

They are however really good at patting themselves on the back for the awesome job they are doing.  I guess teaching self confidence is a good thing?!

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BornToLove

DD’s classroom teacher is amazing and the way he had each day’s lessons set up worked well for us. We would review the day’s work with DD but she could mostly work through it on her own. If she did need some help, her teacher had a standing video meeting where they could hop in and ask questions. 
 

what we will do differently is the specialist subjects (LOTE, art, PE, music). DD’s school posted these lessons on Monday’s, with it due on Friday. The lessons for these areas are often poorly structured and DD struggled with them. I plan to take one day off per week and help DD just get them done quickly. 

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nom_de_plume

My kids attended onsite supervision last time but I'm assuming because I've changed jobs and now work from home they can't if it eventuates again.

If they're at home they'll be doing the absolute bare minimum as I simply can't work and supervise 3 kids doing school work (Grades 1, 6 and 7) at the same time. The bulk of it will have to wait until weekends or when DP is home.

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Reading_Mum

Our school really got into the swing of it by the end so I feel like the home learning would be ok. It was quite frustrating for the first few weeks while they sorted themselves out (understandably! Not complaining, it was just hard to work and school with millions of passwords and expectations changing from day to day).

This time around, I'd do the bare minimum. My girls were so overwhelmed by it, and cried almost every day no matter the task.  I was adjusting to a new job and it was a pretty crappy time. This time we'd do reading, writing and some maths and that's it. 

I'd buy a new laptop. Our tablet and laptop are fine for general use but did not cope with remote learning! 

I'd get my husband to take 1 or 2 days leave and take over some of the load. I don't think he really understands the mental toll it took on me. 

I do have friends who have said that if we home school again, they'll pull them out of formal learning for 5 weeks as they just can't work and school. They have younger ones who require supervision.  

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EPZ

Well I’m in Vic and we are in 6 weeks lock down, so highly likely !!

We just received a week of work for every subject and worked through slides. It was OK. 
 

TBH my DD learnt more through reading heaps, writing own stories, making information posters - Grade 4.I showed her fractions, decimals, Percentages. Practiced her violin and used Duo Lingo to practice  language. She made models and worked on perfecting her back saults,  lol.
 

While the schoolwork was done, I felt it lacked depth, ticked those boxes and worked further on things mentioned above.

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4 hours ago, Mose said:

CHonestly...I may well tell the school we will see them when school goes back.

My son does all sorts of self directed activities which are not curriculum, but educational anyway.

Our school never moved on from issuing written instructions in dense blocks of text, and berating students if the instructions weren't properly followed.

I am moving into my busiest time of year and DH also works full time. We are not repeating what happened last time.

The ONLY thing that would keep me on task is that I understand the teachers are working hard within the framework the school had set them, and I want to demonstrate respect for that to my son.

This is exactly what happened with our DD.

Both my kids are at the same school. DD in Grade 3, DS in Prep. Completely different experiences when it came to how their teachers approached it. We had many conversations with DD's teacher and the Principal about how it wasn't working and the Prin was very aware of how the teacher was struggling.

This time around, DH wants to put the burden on the school to give DD another option - i.e. different teacher. But I'm fully prepared to call it and say see you back at school.

Oh yeah, and DH is starting a new job. We thought it was perfect timing because the kids would be back at school. Probs not now!

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RynandStompy
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What went well. Letting DD grade 4 do the bare minimum she wanted to. She'd still do her Maths, Inquiry, and Story writing each day. She'd attend the class webex. But she was usually 1hr tops each day for school work. She reads every day anyway.

We didn't bother with PE, just did a walk occassionally.  Her class had maybe 2 science submissions last time. 1 Lote class assignment that I know of.

DH and I were consumed in our jobs last time. We will be again as both are busier due to restrictions.  We both wfh.

We'd try to help when she felt confused at her maths assignment but weren't pushing for any extension work. We never learned what her weekly assignments were marked as  anyway. There wasn't any feedback suggestions.

So our school was low touch and low in expectations for what kids in her grade needed to do. We're not complaining as trying to do a higher classwork load would have made it awful. We just aim to get through each day.

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nom_de_plume

Just been confirmed for Vic.

FML.

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MadMarchMasterchef

Well Ill be screwed because Im just starting back at work and Im not allowesd to supervise kids while I work and we don't have enough computers. 

Remote learning didn't work that well for us.   Its exhausting coaxing DD1 into actually doing her work and not just sitting reading books. I mean its great she reads books and that's part of the curriculum, but she doesn't want to do the rest of it.  Then she cries because she is behind. 

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