And so ends the strangest year in my teaching career. Felt like a long one. It is had to recall August now. I think I might have learnt more this year than any other. Pandemics bring a unusual perspective. It was somehow easier to see the best of pupils this year.
Too many of our young people are ALREADY SET TO SUFFER FROM A LIFETIME OF POVERTY AND DISADVANTAGE.
Heading back to school a wee bit early will not change anything. pic.twitter.com/oQmQNifJ80
Lockdown 2 day 1
Well we didn’t get off to a great start.
Working from home today.
I’d set out a light weeks program in a blog post for the pupils and emailed the parents. In both post and email I’d try to make it clear we were trying to really get every pupil involved from the start.
Planned our first Team meeting for 2pm as that was the same time we used in the first lockdown.
Teams seemed to get off to a bad start across the country.
A number of schools, pupils and parents have reported the technology running slowly or not at all.
This didn’t cause me as much problems as some. I upload most of the files I want the pupils to use to the class blog. I figure this avoids password problems. Also Teams slowdown.
It did seem to cause problems in our meeting. Only about half the pupils managed to get on. The others could access Teams but not get onto the meeting. Hard to know if this was related to the reported problem or not. It was certainly frustrating seeing the messages from the class repeatedly trying to get in.
Worth noting that I joined the meeting on my mac and iPad. The iPad on mute and used as a screen share. This has improved a lot since the first lockdown. Joining on the iPad second it gave me a choice to swap to it or join without audio. The latter let me share the iPad screen, and from what I could tell it was not to laggy (as the pupils say). Laterally in the first lockdown I abandoned screen sharing or using PowerPoint and just share files in the chat as we had a pretty bad experience. This gives me hope for an improved experience.
From tomorrow I’ll be back in the digital classroom. I can’t say I’m very happy about it. For all my love of technology I much prefer the real classroom.
I’ve been reviewing my previous lockdown experience, I continue to find reading my old blog posts useful. Also interesting to see what happened in the first week of term last session.
Last time I felt I spent very little time learning new stuff or seeing what other people were doing. As I recall my head was down. I believed that I cut out social media pretty much. I just had a look at my 2020 twitter stats:
And was surprised to see I was wrong about that.
It feel like there is a lot more pressure on this time round. I think, as teachers, we put enough pressure on ourselves, not sure the idea of teachers, schools and LAs having to produce data to justify themselves is a great idea. I gathered my own last time, and
held myself to account blogged about it, that felt tough enough.
I certainly hope that whoever tries to hold us to account understands the situation, the amount of prep needed to teach online, whether preparing for a live lesson or creating asynchronous ones.
We had a small Christmas bubble on the beach at lunchtime today. Some cold food, chestnut rolls and chickpea parcels round a wee fire with a flask of coffee. Sea breeze made it cold, but the fire helped.
I am wondering if we are returning before pupils are we supposed to carry out online teaching from school? My home broadband is several times faster than school network?
Exclusive New Statesman analysis
Well worth a read:
Exclusive New Statesman analysis shows the government paid private contractors almost double the retail value for food parcels containing items that were barely edible. @Anoosh_C reports on the figures:https://t.co/ckRHafIR7B
— New Statesman (@NewStatesman) October 23, 2020