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How to Balance E-Learning and Life

On March 12th 2020, teachers, parents, and caregivers had to find a new normal: How to balance E-learning and life. Childhood Victories experienced the first impact  COVID-19 the same day. One of our presenters was finishing up a live presentation with a Q and A session. The P.A. system erupted in the middle answering of a question:

“Students are to bring their iPads, laptops, chargers, and school books home. All after school events have been cancelled. Teachers, there will be a mandatory meeting immediately following the students dismissal today.”

It was obvious to the students that school would be cancelled the following day. Just like that, our school and home lives merged. A lot of us thought that school would be back in session after a week or two. I’ll be honest here, I originally thought this pandemic was similar to a cold and taken too seriously. Day by day, cancellation by cancellation, we came to the realization that life was going to be different. 

Teachers, parents, and caregivers had to find a new normal. Which isn’t normal at all, is it? Some families have parents working from home. Other families have essential jobs but no access to their daycare. Even more families are trying to find the balance between work, E-learning, household duties, and keeping their sanity. Doesn’t it feel impossible to “stay positive” when computers crash, assignments are missed, and our routines are disrupted for an indefinite amount of time?

It may feel like we have to have everything figured out right away.

I am definitely one of those people. I feel like I have to be a leader, to set the example, and to always stay strong. You know what? It’s okay to not be okay! Maybe you don’t have all the answers. It’s okay to feel frustration and confusion. It’s also okay to take advantage of mental health days.

Now more than ever we need to step back when our stress is too high and show our tiny humans it’s okay to take a break. I’m not telling you to just flip a switch and turn your anxiety into positivity. Pretending to be okay doesn’t actually make us okay. But stepping back and giving our working brain a rest can feel like a reset. It’s also a powerful skill to pass onto our kids. Whether it’s a walk, a good cry, or taking a full day off (or any of these 100 ideas), find your way to decompress.

Learning how to balance E-Learning and life and substitute teaching is no easy feat but we are all stumbling through this together. When our kids look back on this pandemic they’re not going to focus on whether they had every assignment done or if their parents were perfect employees. They’ll remember the longest stretch of family time they’ve ever had in their lives…and they’ll remember the time they shared together.

How To Balance E-Learning and Life

Education is…doing anything that changes you.

FULL TRANSCRIPT (The following is the full transcript of this episode of The Be Seen and Heard Journey. Please note that this episode, like all BSH Journey episodes, features Victor speaking extemporaneously–he is unscripted and unedited.)

Hey, it’s Victor! Welcome to the Be Seen and Heard Journey. Thank you for taking the time to be with me today. This week’s blog and video and podcast is all about how life can throw you another curve ball. When my children would have a snow day, schools began implementing remote learning. Students wouldn’t have to make up the day at the end of the year. Kids would do e-learning at home to make up that day.

Well, that’s one day.

My kids would do a couple of these assignments. Assignments that lasted a couple of hours. This pandemic has forced us to be home with our kids and to have them literally create a classroom within the home. I give so much credit to teachers. Teachers are doing a phenomenal job. They are stepping up and they are doing an amazing job through this difficult time. 

So thank you to all the teachers out there.

I have learned to become a teacher to my kids. I try to let them be as independent as possible. My middle school students, they’re the rockstars. All three of my kids are rock stars. My middle schoolers go off on their own and they have live teaching with their classes. They literally have a live stream with their teachers.

And it’s phenomenal.

My fourth grader has a lot of recorded video that he has to watch. Then he has to implement what he has learned into two assignments. I’ve taken my office and put it next to him while he’s working. It has helped both of us to stay on track throughout the day. My fourth graders biggest challenge is that he forgets to submit assignments and then they’re turned in late.

We’ve learned and we’ve created checklists and had another lesson. A checklist so that he can check off assignments. Most of my programs are live presentations at schools. The last few years I’ve been able to take my curriculum and make it an online platform for schools to license my work. I’ve had presentations booked from March until May doing live presentations.

Well, all of the live presentations have been changed into e-learning and remote learning for students.

We’re talking about safe touch and unsafe touch. Parents are able to watch the videos with their children at home. I think it’s extremely powerful.

I have learned lessons while remote learning with my kids. E-learning has allowed me to spend more quality time with them and to make sure that they are on track. Even though their teachers aren’t with them every day, I’m helping them stay on track. And guess what? The kids are going to go back to school eventually. I’m trying to keep them on track. They’re almost done with school for the year and they’ll have their summer off, but stay on track. Let’s keep doing the work. Let’s keep rocking it. I want to say thank you for joining me today. Please share this video with your family and friends and remember. Everyone deserves to be seen and heard at school and at home and everywhere. See you later.

How To Balance E-Learning and Life