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MissAdventure Wed 18-Mar-20 17:36:36

I have had an email from the school which seems to be paving the way to telling me that the school is likely to close, or perhaps partially close.

My grandson and his friends inform me that it will be happening on Friday.

Just thought I would let people know, and of course, that's my interpretation only.

Grandad1943 Sun 22-Mar-20 22:47:01


eazybee Mon 23-Mar-20 00:15:29

I am sure you will be delighted to know, Granddad, that various ex-colleagues in different parts of the country have said they will be expected to work through the Easter holidays to cope with unprecedented demands, and that they are happy to do so.

Grandma2213 Mon 23-Mar-20 00:38:10

My DGC (primary school) are receiving work online from their teachers who have been posting all this weekend. As an ex teacher I know that it is quite usual for teachers to work evenings weekends and holidays in preparation for lessons and in marking. However I know that at least one of those teachers also will continue to work in school with the children of key workers and has asked for forbearance as she cannot answer queries during the day. Her own daughter is at home with her father. I am seriously worried about her own health as she is also helping and advising parents on how to use the internet links the children are using. Tonight (Sunday) there were 18 posts including general work, advice to parents and specific comments to my DGC. She has 30 children in her class so I guess those pupils too have had posts!
My DGC in secondary school are waiting for staff in school to provide their work in the next two days.

eazybee Mon 23-Mar-20 08:00:07

Teachers are used to working through evenings , weekends and holidays to cope with the increasing amount of paperwork, (which will prove its worth in the assessment for missed examinations,) because school work centres around school terms and cannot be deferred to the five week summer holidays.
However, I am grateful to have retired before constant access via email and text from parents was becoming common, and I gather is very time consuming and demanding.

Elegran Mon 23-Mar-20 08:46:34

Lots of judging in your posts, Grandad1943. Will we also all be judged on how we addressed those working just as hard as we do, but in other sectors?

trisher Mon 23-Mar-20 10:06:43

Sorry this is so long but it's funny (especially for us professionals) From a friend's facebook page

Now, if you're a parent considering taking up the mantle of teaching yourself, in these uncertain times, here's what I'm able to offer by way of support from afar:
1) You're not allowed to shout at them.
2) You can't drink at work - and certainly not before.
3) Never threaten anything you can't follow through with.
4) Keep them off their phones for the duration of the school day.
5) If they complain of being bored, then you're obviously not interesting or inspiring them. You need to work on that urgently.
6) No bullying. You or them.
7) Homework is mandatory. Set them research tasks to work on in the evenings.
😎 Give clear regular targets - to aid progress, not to stop them bugging you.
9) No swearing. And good luck with that.
10) If you encounter poor behaviour, you can only send them out of the room for three minutes at a time. When you re-admit them, schedule a conflict resolution session. Your thirty minute lunch "hour" is perfect for this.
11) For every critical or negative comment you are forced to make, ensure you balance this out with no less than seven points of praise.
12) If you have more than one child, ensure you differentiate the learning material so that each child can access and achieve in the lesson. No, colouring-in doesn't count as differentiation. Except in geography lessons.
13) Ensure your child maintains correct uniform at this time. Standards are everything.... even when the uniform of the Apocalypse is only pyjamas.
14) Ask a neighbour from a rival home-school to drop in on you uninvited and observe your lesson through the window. Afterwards, let them spend fifteen minutes telling you all the things you did poorly. Then have them publish their notes in the local newspaper.
15) If you don't feel confident in delivering lesson material, learn it. The internet is there for information just as much as it is for political shit-stirring, good old-fashioned dishonesty, cat pictures and morons who refuse to vaccinate their children. Although that last bunch have really fallen off, of late.
16) Marking is compulsory and should be done every evening between the hours of 6.30 to 11.00pm. Encourage your child to read these comments at the start of the next lesson. Feign surprise when they don't bother.
17) Vitally important: if teaching literacy, make sure you include some numeracy in the lesson at some point - no matter how arbitrary. But, no, counting the minutes until it's all over doesn't count.
Now, should you be really enthusiastic about sampling the full experience of the professional teacher, these closing points may help flesh it out:
1) Everyone thinks you're doing a terrible job.
2) Everyone thinks you're bone idle and only work for five hours a day.
3) Stop complaining... you're always on holiday.
4) The Government not only hates you, but it will routinely publish criticism of you as an individual and will misrepresent your profession to encourage everyone else to consider you worthless.
5) Feeling stressed? Yeah, that's a thing. Oh, and that brings us to...
6) By the end of the year, if your child hasn't made at least two levels of progress, you better be ready with a cast-iron excuse why not. "Because they're lazy and never listen" is not going to cut it. You should, instead, put on a hair-shirt and beat yourself in front of a committee whilst pledging to work harder next time. Whilst fellow parents stand in a circle around you and reiterate points one to three.
7) Now... do this for thirty years, safe in the knowledge that your pension will be halved for no reason. If you make it as far as retirement.
Most importantly: love and value the kids that are sitting in front of you over the next few weeks. We always do. And it's never been for a wage-slip.

Elegran Mon 23-Mar-20 10:25:22

Brilliant, Trisher

Wheniwasyourage Mon 23-Mar-20 10:35:15

Love it, trisher grin

Sunlover Mon 23-Mar-20 10:37:03

Love it Trisher. 😂😂

Hetty58 Mon 23-Mar-20 10:44:25

Yep, that sounds just about right!

May7 Mon 23-Mar-20 20:30:16

Oh Trisher thats really cheered me up grin

trisher Mon 23-Mar-20 21:00:40

Pleased it helped May7 I think it's brilliant and it shows that teachers always manage to find something to laugh about.

SueDonim Mon 23-Mar-20 21:14:39

That’s brilliant, Trisher! grin

GagaJo Mon 23-Mar-20 21:18:41

Trisher, that is the gospel, for teachers.

agnurse Thu 26-Mar-20 00:41:26

Schools in my province have closed. Grade 12 students have already moved to online instruction (as they have diploma exams; I think these would be roughly GCSE equivalents) and all other grades will be starting online instruction as of April 6. (Fortunately I attended an online school for Grades 9-12 so I have some familiarity with online learning.) The college where I teach has moved to online learning as well. I was out teaching nursing practicum but that has been cancelled, obviously; I am now working from home and have been moved to curriculum.

Child care centers are closed, too. Some private dayhomes (where a licensed worker provides care for a small number of children in the worker's own home) are still open, as they usually have less than 7 children attending.

Thankfully, my husband works nights (security guard) and he is still able to work, and my kid is 15, understands that Mom has to work at times, and is responsible enough not to blow up the house when unsupervised grin