Thursday, December 9

Students, teachers, and parents prepare for more closed learning

Parents, children and teachers are preparing for more closed learning this week.

Dad helping girl struggling with studies

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The government has confirmed that the Level 4 restrictions will be in effect until at least Tuesday night, closing classrooms and early learning services for nearly 1 million children. This afternoon it will announce whether the lockdown will be extended.

Harriet Dyer has three children who attend elementary, middle and high school in Wellington.

He said he did not believe the lockdown would end Tuesday night and did not expect an extended period of homeschooling.

“I’m getting ready. Not so much for the big kids, but definitely for the little one, he’s 7 years old. It’s one of those things where you have to sit next to them and you have to be involved and the ability to concentrate is not very good. , and then, you know, fights ensue, “he said.

Dyer said that in a relatively small home, children are not expected to continue distance learning all day.

“Oh God, just a few hours. There’s no way we can make a whole day. People would start to go crazy. We do everything we can and I think that’s good enough, it has to be good enough.”

Middle school student Will Cleaver-Paris said that after three days of remote learning last week, he felt ready for more this week.

“I don’t care too much, but obviously it’s annoying because you can’t see your friends and stuff. I really enjoy working from home so you can have control over your work schedule, I enjoy it quite a bit,” he said.

Her sister Jean is in high school and said that the main problem with distance learning was the lack of social contact.

“Mainly just the drag of not being able to see my friends, but I’m not too worried about the school work side, I think I’ll be able to keep doing everything,” he said.

She hoped the Grading Authority would allow students to earn additional credits as it did last year if the lockdown spread and interfered with preparation for the NCEA exams.

The school’s principal, Vaughan Couillault, went to his school, Papatoetoe High, on the weekend to pack computers to give to students who did not have one at home.

He said it was important that they be able to do it.

“It’s the difference between being committed and not being able to participate, so it makes a huge difference,” he said.

“Even from a wellness perspective, knowing that you can. It’s terrible when you don’t know what others are doing even though they aren’t doing much. You want to know that you are still connected with your classmates, still connected with their teacher.” said.

Couillault said more students had devices at home than during the lockdowns last year, but there were still gaps.

Schools and early childhood centers are closed to all students, but the government announced that it had contracted licensed home education services to care for the children of essential workers who cannot make other arrangements.

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