Welcome Back To Virtual Learning
March 2020 marked the beginning of what we call Virtual Learning. The Corona Virus really did a number on the education system. I’ll get into it more later on in the post but for now, I want to say “Welcome Back to Virtual Learning”. It seems as if the summer break ended so quickly but that is probably due to everyone being holed up in their homes, only going out when they need to get groceries. You also have your Essential Workers who were exposed to the virus on many occasions. I know people who dodged the Corona bullet due to being at home, while other coworkers caught it from someone in the building. Talk about getting lucky.
In any case, yesterday was my son’s first day of Virtual Learning. I already knew that it would be a long day: however, I had no idea that it would be so stressful. Between trying to run my business, making sure my son was doing his work correctly and handling the baby, it was hard. I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get everything done. I ran into technical problems of my own, not to mention the issues that were being had on the virtual learning side. So, I guess this will be a guide for surviving your first day of virtual learning.
Virtual Learning Survival
1. Have Patience
Everyone is not tech-savvy. Remain calm and collected when dealing with the setup process. Many parents will ask a bunch of questions. The teachers will ask a bunch of questions and will seek help from others. Tech support may even be involved at some point and when I say tech support, I’m not talking about the school IT. It’s okay. If you are not a tech pro, don’t be so hard on yourself. It is a new process for all of us.
2. Take Your Time (It’s Time Consuming)
Yes, the first few days will be time-consuming. I know that we as parents still have work to do BUT (and that’s a strong but) our kids come first. No matter how many times you need to drop what you are doing to help your child, do it. The more you help and get your child situated, the faster they will be able to get it. This will give you your time to go back to work. If you can, make sure that you are nearby in case any problem arises.
3. Have Compassion
You should not only have compassion for yourself but also for the teachers. It is as stressful for them as it is for you. They have to learn the software better than you do in order to assist you and other families with difficulties that may arise. Imagine how much pressure they are feeling. Not to mention, they are now being heavily watched by parents who are also stressed. I’m sure you guys already know what happens when parents get a little disgruntled and how they act toward teachers.
4. Enjoy It!
You get to watch your child in their learning environment. No, it’s not the norm but you can still be that parent that got to see their kid in action. If your kid is an A student, you can now witness them in all of their A student glory, answering questions and getting those high marks on all of the assigned activities. You also get to eat lunch with your kid without having to drive to their school, which was impossible for most of us before the pandemic, due to our schedules.
5. Unwind Afterwards
Whether it was a stressful day for you or not, it’s always a good idea to unwind. I know for me it was one of those days. It was extremely overwhelming. So unwinding was very necessary. Your family deserves to relax for a bit. As hard as we all work, we should always take care of ourselves physically and mentally. If you don’t already, try it some time and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
After such a long and busy day, I went ahead and lit one of my candles (Available for Pre-Order Soon) and just chilled. It was my husband’s idea since he’s the one that always gets me to chill out. It did help. Now, to tackle the rest of the year! Who knows what the rest of the school year holds but until then, remember that we are all in this together!