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30 Parents Who Realized Teachers Deserve More Respect After Trying To Homeschool Their Kids During The Quarantine (Interview With Professional)
More schools are closing every day due to coronavirus. This means that some parents get to homeschool their kids. That’s making them realize just how hard teaching is and how teachers deserve a lot more respect.
30 Parents Who Realized Teachers Deserve More Respect After Trying To Homeschool Their Kids During The Quarantine (Interview With Professional)
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In these dark days, we’re seeing a lot of unsung superheroes emerge. Well, it’s time some of them got the attention they deserve. More and more schools are closing every day due to coronavirus. This means that some parents get to homeschool their kids.

That’s making them realize just how hard teaching is and how teachers deserve a lot more respect than we usually give them. Bored Panda has collected some of the finest teacher appreciation tweets on the internet, so scroll down and see if you agree with them.

Be sure to read on for our in-depth interview with trained primary school teachers Tom Rose and Jack Pannett about homeschooling advice for parents!

Some schools are hurrying to adapt to the Covid-19 outbreak and establish a way so that students can learn via the internet from the safety of their homes. In the meantime, a lot of parents are finding that it’s up to them to keep their children’s minds honed. That’s difficult to do in the best of times, but now some kids are cooped up inside all day long and overflowing with energy.

Bored Panda spoke about tips for parents who are homeschooling their children with London-based Tom and Jack who are trained primary school teachers, run a sports coaching company, and a podcast about improving children’s well-being.

We wanted to find out whether they recommend that parents do everything the way their kids’ schools did. “With the shift of learning coming fully away from school and into your home, there are definitely some things we recommend trying to emulate. Both a suitable workspace and a daily plan are going to be important to agree upon before any learning takes place.”

“You could begin this discussion by asking your child to explain their usual school day. This could then be followed up with the question ‘How would you design your best learning environment at home?’ Tom and Jack pointed out.

“However, trying to fully replicate the ‘normal school day’ along with equal lesson timings, is something that we feel is probably unnecessary. If your children are learning new information online or filling out worksheets, we would suggest that they have a ‘movement break’ at least every 45 minutes in order to maintain good health and give their brains time to re-energize.”

The duo also suggested that parents stick to “short bursts of work throughout the morning, planned into a specific routine.”

“This way they could then be let loose on some ‘open projects’ in the afternoon that they are particularly interested in.”

However, what should parents with teenage children do? “The majority of schools will be setting work for their pupils online. But will they actually do the work? In order to ensure that your student is staying on task, we suggest that you ask them for transparency.”

“One method would be for them to tell you what they are due to do before you go away and do your own work. After an agreed time, you can return to check in with them and ask them a variety of questions, such as: ‘What did you find interesting,’ ‘What have you learned?’ and ‘What did you find challenging?’ Tom and Jack explained.

“Additionally, setting both younger and teenage students tasks that have parameters narrow enough to guide, but aren’t too tight that they restrict, will be really useful in allowing them a sense of choice and ownership over their learning.”

They continued: “We suggest giving them open projects in the afternoons, asking them to show their findings to you however they wish, maybe even a presentation for the whole family! This way, you can monitor their progress and they can practice their communication skills.” 

We all know that structure is important for children. But some parents aren’t as good as others at establishing rules and routines. What are they to do? Well, Tom and Jack suggest that parents start preparing and agreeing upon tomorrow’s plan the previous evening: “It all starts the night before.”

“This allows the morning to start off on the right foot without wasting time,” they told Bored Panda. “When trying to establish this new routine, there are potentially lots of different variables that could make it challenging too. These could include fitting your work around their learning, including time for meals and finding the right balance between allotted learning and relaxing time.”

“We find giving the children a choice and including them in the discussion to be really useful,” Tom and Jack pointed out. “Try and include them in the design of your daily routine and be ready to compromise! Whilst they need guidance and help with structuring their day, they will also have an idea of what works for them and what they’re capable of.”

The duo also encouraged parents by saying this: “Your best is always enough! You do not need to be harsh on yourself or your children; this is an amazing opportunity to assist them on their learning journey, embrace it!”

“Whilst some children love school, this isn’t the case for everyone. This is a chance for you and them to try and rekindle their enthusiasm for learning, without having to worry about the lessons being too fast-paced, comparing themselves to their peers or worrying about pending exams, or tests.”

Tom and Jack also gave some further friendly advice for parents on Sky News about how to keep their kids healthy, happy, and learning while schools are shutting down.

According to Tom and Jack, parents should be realistic about their capabilities and prioritize the core curriculum. That means lots of English (yay!) and Maths (yuck!). “There are lots of ways to cover the rest of the curriculum and you can get creative with these, for example, watching Horrible Histories or Blue Planet is a great way to cover some of the humanities,” they said.

“You don't need to reinvent the wheel. There is an abundance of free online resources, as well as those that your child's school will probably send you. Instead, prioritize and plan what you're going to cover, and do your best to execute your plan. Like any new job, the first few days will be about finding your feet.”

The teacher duo has further brilliant ideas about engaging your child and helping them love their new school at home. That involves having your kid come up with the school name and design its badge. Also, be sure to discuss what you’re going to be teaching your child and set some firm school rules. That might mean not using phones during class for some!

Lastly, what’s very important is creating a proper morning routine. Children crave structure! That way, they’ll focus on learning during the day and won’t worry about not being able to play video games.

Tom and Jack have set an English competition for kids to try from home and they're offering a £100 prize for the winner.

If any of you Pandas are teachers or are homeschooling your kids, we’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments below!

Comments (31)
?? A pandemic has to happen for them to realize people (ANY people) deserve respect?
I wonder if these notes home about their "angels" make sense now
Demi Zwaan
Yeah, it all sounds nice, but the people saying this are people who already respected other people, including teachers. They're just posting witty remarks for their internet points. The people who need to know, the idiots, they don't homeschool their children now and they don't use Twitter. They will be at home fuming, angry at those horrible teacher that won't even work and now THEY are stuck with the(ir own) children. "How could they?" And the people who can make a difference, the rich and famous, they don't care either, because they got their private tutors and nannies coming over.
I homeschool three kids, all with special needs. I wouldn't have it any other way, I love having my kids home, close to me.
The Girl on Fire
Oh, so NOW everyone's pro homeschooling....
Folks, the only reason it looks like that for you is due to how you raised your kids. And you raised them to be spoiled, unbearable brats, who have no consideration for others.
panda to nobody
Teachers. Scientists. Doctors. Now people realize who is really important in their lives. Will they help to change the system when this is over, or will they still pay actors $20m a film, or someone $100m a year to kick a ball around a field?
Teachers need to make more, but let's find another way to fund this besides raising taxes on home owners again.
Yes, all true, and for those who've never done any teaching, just imagine what it's like for those of us who've done subbing. Imagine what it's like when you're coming into a classroom full of kids or teens as a perfect stranger, not a teacher who they already know and respect/fear. My father was a high school teacher for 39 years, many others in my friends and family are, so I know just how hard they work. BUT to those who say they should be paid so much more, can you say how that would be paid for? Are you willing to pay more taxes at the local, state or federal level for that to happen? And/or what specific spending cuts at any of those levels of govt. would you be willing to see happen in exchange for teachers getting paid more? Read about how lovely a task it is for school boards and superintendents and principles to keep schools and districts' books balanced, see how fun and easy their job is before you complain.
Monica Michelle
Love this hope they will now match on the school board and demand a full audit of monies spent and how the teachers can be paid more then vote to create even distribution for wealth amongst public schools so all teachers are paid well
Night Owl
I hope the parents remember all that even after schools open up again
For people now realizing the above, consider this when you hear about 'holding teachers accountable' when the students don't do well. I've subbed dozens of times, and during those days I'd mostly be trying my best, sometimes having good, even great moments. But you'd still have those kids (often the ones you had 'warnings' about in your sub notes), that make you say: "How the f*** am I supposed to get this kid to learn?! He/she (usually he) refuses to work! No matter what I try!" Sometimes the kids had diagnoses and/or domestic issues, so you try to be compassionate. But sometimes, it seemed, they'd just never been disciplined, had always been allowed to walk all over their parent(s). Sometimes it seemed to be an ambiguous combination of all of the above. Sometimes you'd get a hug from a small child who'd say 'You're the best teacher ever!' - And your heart would melt. Sometimes you'd have a bunch of them challenging your authority every minute of the day, & you'd just watch the clock.
Rodrigo Loaiza
I was a teacher for 2 years and it made me realize how underappreciated teachers are way underpaid, educators mold ppls minds they set the tone on what a person would think of act in certain situations, not to say they take care of your little blessings while you are out there doing your thing, .some people that aren't educators should learn to appreciate what they do, this world would be a better place if instead of looking up to billionaires with the lifestyle, we should appreciate the hard work educators do for everyone, those are the real people we should look up to.
I am glad that teachers’ work is being recognized. We are underpaid and overworked, but believe me, this situation is hard on us as well. We still have to teach via video conferencing and it hasn’t been fun. I would actually rather be in the classroom with the kids if I have to teach. Thank you to all the parents who are helping us make this easier. For now, I will ignore the negative comments from people saying we get way more than we deserve, and just relish the positive ones.
Do you think that the entire COVID-19 pandemic was engineered by teachers to teach the parents a lesson? It could have been.
Im sorry but either these parents are lazy/bad parents or they have raised asshole kids. My mother quit her job as a controller to homeschool 4 of us. She said being a controller is far more difficult. Even my sister who is now a teacher says she is far overpaid for what she does.
Monika Soffronow
I am a staunch believer that homeschooling, on the whole, should not be allowed (under normal circumstances). The right of a child to get quality instruction should be above any parent's right to teach their child what in too many cases is either a substandard or selective curriculum. For the same reason, I consider religious institutions are not fit to run schools, whatever the religion is.
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