Home-schooled Part Two
In our post, Chronicles of a real teacher, virtually home schooling your kids, a teacher chronicled their experience over a few weeks leading up to the first week of home quarantine. I proceeded to speak with parents and teachers to find out precisely what challenges and joys they are being faced with during these extraordinary times. Let’s dive into part four of our “Home-schooled” miniseries. If you haven’t already, make sure to read up on Home-schooled — Part One.
Work from home.
According to a study done by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, there was a 44% increase in work-from-home positions offered between 2016 and 2017. The same study showed that satisfactory employees’ workplace flexibility caused over 85% of businesses to verify that there was a boost in productivity within the company. Another study done on 1,001 participants who work from home, by Amerisleep, uncovered that Americans were 57% more likely to be satisfied with their employment. It’s almost impossible to get an accurate account of how many Americans are working from home amid the COVID-19 crisis. Global Workplace Analytics think it’s very probable that after the pandemic is over and we get back to a “new normal,” American’s working from home will increase from 3.6% to about 25%.
These statistics don’t explicitly take into account a global pandemic and the fact that 20 states have ordered schools closed for the rest of this year. Future surveys on working from home with kids will surely be the vice for a few great books in the future. FlexJobs founder and CEO Sara Sutton put’s it nicely in a quote to CNBC, “Whether you’ve worked from home for years or if you’re completely new to remote work, these circumstances are incredibly challenging.” Incredibly challenging. (Scratches head) I received a few other responses when asking teachers the question, “What’s it like teaching your class and your child/children at home?“
- “Terrible. It’s difficult to coordinate both at once.”
- I have 132 students on my roster. I’m just starting this, and communication by phone and email is frustrating.
- “I am an instructional technology coach, so I’m teaching the teachers how to teach online. It’s tough! … Lots of phone calls, emails, and one on one sessions to help teachers.”
Teach from home.
One parent noted, “I can’t do school work with my kids because I’m doing my work on the computer all day.” Some feel guilty that they don’t have the time to help their kids with their schoolwork because they are working themselves. You aren’t alone in feeling that you can’t help your child as much as they need. Here is how a few parents answered the question, “If you work from home, how are you managing both home schooling and working from home?”
- I get work done while the kids are sleeping.
- I do what I can …
- My journey with this just started. I’m unfamiliar with the software and communication thus far has been difficult. It will get better.
- Not very well 🙂 Thank goodness for my daughter, who is 11 … she helps the 6-year-old.
- For my son (8th grade), this is all new. He usually goes to public school. He is a busy social body. His teachers haven’t put much work online yet, so he is getting bored quickly. I work for a public school as an aide in an autism classroom. So as of now, I’m doing just a little work online.
I’m sure you can relate to some of these scenarios. Whatever your case, just remember, this is a temporary situation. Things will get better. Eventually, we will learn what the “new normal” is, and part of that “new normal” will include the return of children to school as well as infants and toddlers to day care. I’ll leave Home-schooled — Part 2 with Rachel Pelta’s article at FlexJobs on how to deal with working from home with your children during the COVID-19 crisis.
Stay tuned for Home Schooled-Part 3 next week.
In the meantime, keep calm and do the best you can. Stay safe and stay healthy. Stay active and clear your mind. Take breaks and reward yourselves.Emily Bowman