Dear Parents of The New Norm

Dear Parents of the New Norm,

Well, this is an interesting change of events. It seems the tables have turned and you’re now getting a taste of what it’s like to teach children who are not always in the mood to learn, tired, cranky or confused. Welcome to our world. Teaching is not an easy profession and in my opinion, it’s often a calling. When I’m at school, the first question that’s often thrown out by a student who’s not very happy to be there at 7:30 am is, “What are we doing today,” or “Do we have to do anything?” Yup. Are you surprised? Times have changed, folks! I never would have dreamed of saying that to a teacher years ago, but I’m also 51. 

 

It’s difficult to teach in the regular world but since the outbreak of Covid-19, I’ve heard complaints about too much work, too little work, not following IEP’s, parents are not getting paid to do OUR jobs. I don’t remember asking for a stipend the last time I fed your child, let her cry on my shoulder, gave her encouragement, let her sleep when she came into school sick or money for the vending machine. Parents need to settle down. I can guarantee you as a parent and teacher I’m on the side of my student. I want my students to succeed. I’m going to do my best to help. If I need to amend an assignment to accommodate an IEP I will certainly do my best, from what I have to work with. 

One thing I can say is the digital divide has been uncovered. The number of households without the internet or working computers is much higher than you think. I have heard of families of seven sharing a computer, of course, it’s going to get frustrating and seem like there is tons of work, if your child only has an hour to work on sometimes up to seven classes. There are parents who need their computer to do work ALL DAY, and the kids get the computer at night. That makes it difficult for students to jump on Zoom or Google Meet for a live class. I get it, but it’s all a matter of communication. Before parents yell at the principal, talk to the teacher, trust me he or she will make any allowance you need. My daughter’s school handed out Chromebooks and hotspots. Ask your child’s school how they can help. Shout out to @Comporium for gifting 60-days of FREE INTERNET to students.  

http://www.comporium.com

At the end of the day, I get the panic mode, but things are not going to get easier if we blame teachers for issues that are out of our control. We’re also parents working from home with young children, trying to manage. Have some compassion and patience, we will get through this trying time if we all work together.

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12 thoughts on “Dear Parents of The New Norm

  1. Wow I didn’t think about all that, that is a problem, so many people having to share one completer… my kids are preschool age and a toddler so they aren’t missing much in school that I can’t easily do with them. I’m thankful for that. And I don’t work at home so that helps (I’m still working full time since I’m a respiratory therapist) these are weird crazy times!!!!

  2. Great post! I homeschool my kids already so the only complaints I get about school are from my kids, lol. But you raise a good point–that parents need to respect what teachers are trying to do right now. I have one mom friend whose daughter is in public high school and she won’t stop griping about the amount of work the teachers have given out. But we’re all trying to get through this together and finger-pointing and complaining only make it harder!

  3. Teachers are awesome and they have spent the past two weeks showing us just how awesome. As a former homeschooler, I am more prepared for this new-norm than most, but it’s not what I planned to be doing with my spring.

  4. Loved reading the post…A while ago I wrote The School Series where I tried to capture the academicians & teachers view point. Your article resonates with my belief system. This one compels one to think.

    More power to you.

  5. This is such a great post and I absolutely take my hat off to you as a teacher.

    Having spent the last week trying to be a teacher to my 3 kids, I have found it overwhelming!

    I have no idea how you do it every day!

    Thanks

    Natalie

    1. It’s not easy, but I also think it’s different when you try to teach your own kids as opposed to strangers. Best of luck to you! Stay well!

  6. Online classes work if kids have access to the tech necessary to do the work. So, what happens to a child who does not have a computer? He will have to play catch up when all this is over. That is going to cause more stress for poor kids.

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