I was rehearsing to write about virtual school because I don’t want to miss any information regarding what I already did. I took a 15 days break since we started at the beginning of March, and now we have a few days of resting before we restart all the virtual lessons. Actually, maybe we won’t come back together, the whole faculty. We will have meetings to discuss which professional go back to the role right now, and perhaps we will take turns among us. I think it will happen because the school decided to open the Early Years routine again only on 1st June. Many parents didn’t handle all the tasks that we sent to the Google Classroom, which was a kind of a mess, giving back the duties until the deadline. I know their concern because most of them have more than one child, and could you imagine manage tasks regarding all the areas like PE, Visual Arts, Music, Performing Dance, and all the content regarding the teacher of reference (classroom teacher). It’s tough! One parent came to talk to me, virtually expressing her concerns because she has three kids. For many times she had to manage all the three tasks all day long. She told me that she needed to open the three files, prepare the environment for the lessons, material, equipment, cameras or cellphones to take pictures and record her kids, answer questions on Google Classroom, follow the reference teacher’s schedule on time (virtual class), etc. Imagine doing this with your kids and need to work at the same time… Too much work! For now, children from EY are not able to open all the files, use the technology properly to follow a routine and, understand the deadlines without parents’ support.
For Lower and Middle School (my school goes until Grade 8 this year), the scenario is different. Children can attend the classes on time on their own, open all the files, research, use all the technologies requested, answer questions, watch presentations, also our video calls of Q&A. We as teachers are engaged to produce daily content to deliver in the Google Classroom, following the pattern of school’s standards, the Brazilian education document, using all the strategies and studies like Habits of Mind and Making Thinking Visible to support us in this journey.
For PE lessons, it’s been a challenge to bring physical content into the home environment. Of course, we have content enough to deliver, mainly using YouTube as a partner. I subscripted YT Premium to help me to save time while watching videos and avoid adverts. I’m collecting videos with a different purpose, but always looking for videos that I can fit in my practices as a PE teacher, and as a Psychomotricist, I mean, exploring the Psychomotor Factors as Balance Skills, Fine & Gross Motor Skills, Lateralization, Spatial-Temporal Perspective, etc.
This text is just the opening text about the virtual school because I have a lot of things to mention and describe here. Let’s keep the first part as an introduction of the content, then I’m going to split the subject into topics and write another text afterward. See you soon!