Is E-learning Turning Kids Into Zombies? One Dad's Thoughts on Children Learning From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic by Mike Prochaska
The poor teacher is trying to get all the kids on the same page. And the time wasted! Every day I hear the same three kids asking the teacher if they can go to the bathroom, wasting so much time for the other kids who want to get their work done so they can get on with their day. Some actually play Fortnite, Roblox and Minecraft while they wait for everyone to get ready to learn.
In one hand, some of the kids have their phone, iPod or tablet secretly hidden while they do e-learning on their Chromebooks. I get the need to multitask while they stare into a computer screen all day. Hell, I'm 44 years old and can't do it! In my opinion, it's too hard for kids to just sit there all day in front of a computer.
I’ve read a lot of articles about parents making busy boxes to keep their kid's hands busy during e-learning. They include items like DIY slime, kinetic sand, balls, fidget spinners and other sensory activities for kids.
Last week when the weather was nice, my solution was to have my son do e-learning outdoors. He got in trouble from his teacher because she said he wasn’t in "a learning environment." Trust me, the kid with learning more outside doing e-learning than he does inside. Inside he just gets distracted by Roblox, Minecraft and Fortnite.
I turned his camera off and we built a bonfire while doing math, and that was the most productive he had been. He did his math and built the fire at the same time.
How many adults multitask while doing a Zoom meeting? My wife and and talked about it and she said she does three things at once while in a Zoom meeting so she doesn't go crazy. Kids are the same way. If e-learning has to continue, then I feel parents need to advocate for the children and help them find time away from technology and screens.
Right now is the most important time ever to advocate for your kids, because if you don't, no one will. My hope is to find a way to do e-learning and also get them outside, even if that means my kids missing some school. Yes, they may have some days where they turn off the camera and explore their world away from the computer.
Kids are always learning, even during play. My kids will not be "left behind" if they're not e-learning all day. I am so tired of reading about kids being "left behind."
Parents, don't worry about what other parents think and follow your gut with your own kids. Let's not allow our children to turn into zombies during this coronavirus pandemic.
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