We all woke up early to make sure everything is set up and ready for our son’s first day of on-line schooling. Our first year high schooler woke up at 6:00 AM, way ahead of mom and dad. He had break fast, took a shower, brush his teeth and wore presentable clothing as required by school. No sleepwear or pajamas. He was however barefooted. Feet can’t be seen on video camera. No need to buy expensive Adidas shoes this year.
A mixture of excitement and anxiety. A few technical difficulties like video app not showing student face and some app not connecting to device but overall rating is positive and optimistic.
Our son ended up using 3 computers. One desk top and two lap tops, one of which provided by his school. My son, was complaining and stressed out at the start of some of his on-line classes due to fixable glitches, but we reminded him to relax, enjoy and just be appreciative of what his school and teachers are doing. We told him, “Be thankful. Your school and teachers are really trying.”
Daily school schedule is 8:00 AM to 3:10 PM. Each on-line class is 50 minutes with 15 minutes break. P.E., he has to go out of our home and follow the on-line fitness exercise instruction of his P.E. teacher. About time to loose the Summer and COVID-19 weight gain and he definitely needs some Sun.
Motivation of the day, “I don’t know anything about Spanish. I’m sure I’m getting A-.” I asked my wife, “Did he say A-? I thought he meant B or C-.” My wife confirmed, “Yes, he said A-.” We both laughed quietly as he already told us we are too loud. Love the confidence. Motivated my day for sure.
I wish to thank Gov. Newsom and our school district board members of California for announcing early on-line classes due to the increasing COVID-19 outbreaks in our communities. They thought first of the safety of our teachers, school staff, students and parents instead of politics. That alone is heroic. That alone is an inspiration that humanity is still alive in this country. Lives will be saved and people can sleep at night better because of their selfless and wise decision.
I wish to thank our teachers and school staff for really taking on-line schooling seriously and for being a role model for the young minds and hearts they are molding to be the next generation Americans. There’s hope after all.