With many schools opening virtually right now, there are a lot of concerns.
I don’t know enough to be a good teacher.
I can’t teach and still get a full day of work in.
I don’t know what to expect, and what’s expected of me.
None of those concerns are dumb. Most of us are not professional teachers… but we are all actual parents.
Being a parent is being someone who faces the unexpected on a daily basis. It’s being able to say with a straight face: do not lick the dog. Do not take your pants off before you reach the bathroom. Et cetera, ad nauseam.
As parents, we juggle crazy emergencies every day. We want our kids to grow into people that can do that, too. People who don’t crumble when there’s a speedbump in the road of life.
This fall, we have an unprecedented opportunity to show them how to do that. It will be a challenge. We will have to put in more effort. But, the return on this investment will be paying interest for the rest of their lives.
For a bit of background, my cast of characters have had their names changed to protect the innocent. 😉
Boy – He’s ten, and has always homeschooled. This will be his first year of “going to school” via remote learning.
Girl – She’s seventeen, and homeschooled throughout grade school and junior high. She opted to attend high school in person, but this year she’s attending remote.