On the other hand, I have also experienced utter despair at times. Some of my children did not benefit from these interactive classes and had to sit down to do their homework the old fashioned way, working through tasks assigned for the day, with no more feedback than a document you need to upload to Google Classroom. They asked a question that I thought was fair, “why, if I don’t have my teachers with me, do I need to follow my lessons and do homework for 6 hours?” - how do you explain this to a 7 year old? I have tried everything to increase motivation. Bribes, hugs, conversations, a movie together, a game just the two of us. I have also tried with threats and sadly succumbed to screaming, which didn’t work either!
Anyway, this is not a post to ask for advice (although any is welcome) or give it. I just wanted to share my experience as a mum of five. I am seeing myself longing secretly for a well-deserved school break, having mixed feelings of guilt, shame and most of all huge appreciation for the wonderful work of teachers who spend day in and day out working to ensure our children not only learn, but have fun whilst doing it. It is, as I have found out, quite a skill. If you ask me, a very rare skill that we are all lucky to find in our inspiring teachers! This goes to my own mum too, who spent decades teaching French literature to teenagers. I used to roll my eyes when she would tell me her job can have challenging sides to it, I regret to have done this to you - I get it now!