My kid is in 2nd grade – old enough to do most of the math and grammar structures but still new to it all. So the main concern I’ve had is keeping him on track, i.e., on track or else the homework just builds up (I know because I have bad memories of my own primary school days)
Up until today, I was stressing out to get the Activity Responses in by 4pm. Videos, comments to posts, photos, audio recordings, and inking (a new term for me which apparently means drawing on the screen). Today, undoubtedly a result of a minirevolt along other fellow parents, the school announced that the goal is to complete activities within 24 hours.
Part of the challenge in these initial days is that the teachers need to also get experience in designing activities that don’t take up so much time and effort. And in these early days, we are learning how to strike a balance. For example, my kid is supposed to write for 20 minutes – if I am not watching him like a hawk, after 20 minutes he has done half a page when he is expected to do 3 to 5. Slacking off? Like his old man, no doubt – working from home means every distraction is in arms reach.
So I struggle not to chew him out. I did at the start of the week (I bet my neighbors have been thinking of calling CPS on me) and I’ve gotten just a bit more restrained yesterday and today. Obviously, I have a ton to learn about teaching, training, parenting – and at the end of the day, we are all exhausted. (btw I have learned what a stubborn and resilient little bastard my son can be in the face of my pressure tactics – and I couldn’t be more proud; and if I don’t shape up, he’s going to beat the shit out of me in vengeance once he’s physically strong enough)