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Old 11-19-2020, 12:16 PM
 
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The model we educate with is 400 years old and was cooked up by a bunch of religious white guys who could have cared less about what is best for kids. It is essentially a prison model. It keeps the child locked into a room all day, their every movement is tracked, they are forced to sit in chairs all day...and under COVID now, it's only gotten worse.

Distance Learning is laziness on the part of our school system which has always been lazy. The schools get their money by how many chairs are filled. They now get their money by who is online, thus the advisement, "just make sure you take attendance." After this...Utter and total laziness. And it's killing our kids in more ways than one.

I just got back from a sub job at the school "Learning Center". One child showed up at 8:30 and was immediately put on a computer. For two hours, this kid TRIED to do his work, so obviously burned out on Google Classroom...but then the school told me he would be there until 3:00. He would not get a recess. He would get a half hour lunch, then back online--for six hours this poor kid was expected to stay online. When I asked if I could take him to the athletic field for a walk around it, no. When I tried to explain (discreetly) he was BURNED OUT, an 11 year old boy, and needed to MOVE, pointed out it was a beautiful sunny day, no. The kid even ASKED if he could go outside, move around. He asked if he could join another class. Apparently the "Learning Center" was where the parents dropped him for the day=day care. Who cares if the kid was bouncing off the walls, needed a change, was begging for some exercise. I was escorted to the office and asked to leave.

The schools are having the kids come to school then making them sit in the classroom on their computers. The same dnam thing they do at home. There is no PE. There is no movement. This model forces them into a far more contagious environment and I have decided, is a form of insanity. If ever there was a time to get our kids outside, in nature, moving, it is NOW, and this is far less dangerous to them (AND US/TEACHERS) than cramming them into a room all day...and FORCING them to stay ONLINE. NEWS FLASH! They are SICK OF GOOGLE CLASSROOM. GOOGLE CLASSROOM is for LAZY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. Bean counters. When they come to school, max two hours, then let them BE OUTSIDE in the world they live in.

I have decided distance learning is in fact, when it ignores the latest science (two hours max), forces them to sit all day, stare at a screen, forsake the 3rd dimension, is an act of cruelty. The wrong people are in charge. We need to set our kids free and rid ourselves of the prison model of education that is now, online.


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I think the schools and teachers are doing the best they can, with what they have to work with. We put a lot on the plates of our schools and teachers, much of it beyond academics.

How do you suggest they do it?
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:30 PM
 
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. The schools are having the kids come to school then making them sit in the classroom on their computers. The same dnam thing they do at home. There is no PE. There is no movement. This model forces them into a far more contagious environment and I have decided, is a form of insanity. If ever there was a time to get our kids outside, in nature, moving, it is NOW, and this is far less dangerous to them (AND US/TEACHERS) than cramming them into a room all day...and FORCING them to stay ONLINE.
This is part of why we opted for the full distance model rather than the hybrid other schools in our district were going to do (though havenít been allowed to because our numbers havenít been good enough).

The other schools were going to do a fully computerized curriculum and kids at school and at home would do the same thing. The only difference was teacher supervision vs home supervision.

With consistent fully remote but scheduled live sessions, our teachers have curriculum creativity and control. We do PE, music, art, agriculture, math, science, history, language arts, and SEL. Plus recesses and brain breaks. We encourage the kids to go outside every break and report back what exercise they accomplished. Weíve had socially distanced garden days where the kids meet at the school and get plots of ground six feet apart from each other to dig and plant.

The online curriculum was basically going to be videos and digital worksheets with an hour a day of human interaction.
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This is precisely why I refused to follow the directive from our district that students be live online for 4 hours a day. It's completely developmentally inappropriate. I teach kindergarten.
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There are so many other traditional learning activities that surpass a computer. These activities are a bit time consuming to set up, I believe choosing a computer game is definitely the lazy road.

My daughters did not have screen time, one is getting her PhD in Science, the other is a Special Education Teacher. Computers are very poor babysitters.

Last week 3 kids out of 8 could not login, did not know how to access...wasted time and insulting to their intelligence. The old ways will return again, of this I am certain.


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I probably should have recused myself from this as I only work with high school students.

I can't imagine even trying this stuff with younger students.

I still think the teachers are doing the best they can, given what they have to work with, though. They probably don't like it any more than we or the students do.
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Old 11-21-2020, 07:16 AM
 
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I am fairly certain that no one thinks this is the way to go for the future after covid times. I also don't think it is seriously harming children, either and we are full remote. Is it hard? Yes. Is it the most fun thing ever? No. Is is a good option to not exposing adult staff who work in education? Yes. We are important too.

I would hate to make such extreme generalizations based on one short encounter of which we know no background. Do kids need breaks and movement? Sure. Something seems off here with this story, but we don't know the whole story.
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I just got back from a sub job at the school "Learning Center"
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Apparently the "Learning Center" was where the parents dropped him for the day=day care.
So this is not a regular student classroom in a regular school setting right?
Two different things here, IMHO when compared to DL platform and how teachers are conducting F2F virtual teaching lessons.
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This sounds like nothing Iíve experienced as a sub with in-person Learnerís. Yes, students are on screens. But teachers, if the weather is good, have been teaching outside. One teacher uses an alcove and has set up tree stump stools for students. They may stand and walk around their space. The custodians have painted circles at appropriate intervals on the sidewalks and students can sit outside and learn. The band and chorus teacher was meeting on the front lawn with her students. Students are given outside mask and movement breaks. This is at the middle school level. I have seen teachers become very creative.
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Thank you for shedding some light into this and sharing your story.
Love the alcove and tree stump for children!

These are challenging times, but I do believe that students are resilient and when we're in front of them (in person/DL)- they need us to feed them our most positive energy.


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