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Business Not as Usual. Gerda Palinda, Teacher

Wednesday 1st April, 2020

What challenges I’m facing

It is very upsetting to go to work and find only a couple of kids in a classroom. At home, I am facing a challenge of finding the place in the house for all my family to work and learn undisturbed. I work and also homeschool my 6-year-old son, he needs lots of attention and can't do most of the tasks without adult guidance. I’m overwhelmed by amount of technology I must use/ get familiar with. Was not prepared to this scale.

What opportunities I see

Becoming more technology wise, spending more time with my family, doing some DIY around the house, and trying new things/ hobbies/ learning new skills.

The new skill I'm learning

Work wise - organizing distance learning materials, exploring conferencing e.g. Google classroom, Zoom. I’m also mastering my new hobby - garden landscaping. 

The app I've discovered and use a lot 

Lots of education websites e.g. White Rose Math homeschooling, Read Theory, BBC bite size, Twinkl.

I’m reading

Work related material, online. No time for pleasure reading because if I'm not working, then homeschooling my child.

What I'm doing to overcome anxiety

We stay a lot in our garden, planting, playing with kids.

I’m most looking forward to 

Have long planned holiday, having a meal outside the house and properly celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday.

My advise

Watch less news, plan activities, keep yourself busy, don't worry about the things/work should have happened, accept the reality and make the most of it.

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