Like all parents thrust into the role of teacher, she has had to find what works best for her own family, collectively, and for each child: fifth-grader Jaylin, second-grader Lucas, first-grader CJ, and Nya and Gianna, pre-K twins.
During the first week of remote learning, Oliver sat all five down at one table, matching each to a specific assignment.
“You do this, you do that,” is how she described it. “That didn’t work.”
Now, she has a dedicated place, her own desk, where she works with each child, one at a time, for an hour or more each day.
“I have to sit down with them,” she said.
This means Oliver’s school day ends a little later than a normal brick-and-mortar school day, around 3 p.m.
She also manages the eight to 10 weekly ZOOM meetings and at least 15 school-related emails per day. By the end of the school day, she said, she has mentally checked out.
“It’s a lot,” she said. “And it’s really hard to juggle. I can’t get my dishes done!”
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