Heh, it's been kind of a running joke among teachers everywhere that parents are probably going to appreciate us more after this. Your situation sounds like quite a handful, though. Wow.
I certainly hope it's exactly the motivation teachers (and regular people) need to push, politically, for higher standards and better pay in public schooling. We'd all be better off for it.
I'm in Washington DC, work-from-home for the foreseeable future. My girlfriend and I switch off working in each room every other day so that we don't end up getting tired of each other. I haven't had many issues with the quarantine, except that finding toilet paper is proving impossible. We've kind of resettled into our old Peace Corps sensibilities, pulling back and semi-rationing food, rationing toilet paper or sometimes simply jumping into the shower after, washing our hands a lot more, etc.
I'm consistently shocked by how many cars still seem to drive around in the city, and by how many restaurants that are still open. I find that the days pass by way quicker when working from home - i used to come home from work and it felt like i had so much more time to run, walk the dog, cook dinner, AND maybe pull out my HMM Gairy project, but nowadays, I blink and it's already 3pm tomorrow and the day's flown by.
We've been learning a LOT about home schooling. It is harder, though, when there is no place to take the kids where we normally would for some lessons (all the parks are closed, of course). We are constantly thanking our teachers... so THANK YOU AGAIN!
I've seen similar sentiments being said in other places too. In these times it's even clearer than usual how vital and underappreciated teachers are, as well as other necessary positions like medical care providers and all the steps involved that make grocery shopping as reliable as it is. I'm glad to learn that we have two teachers here.
all the steps involved that make grocery shopping as reliable as it is
Seriously, the people who still work at grocery stores these days don't get enough recognition. They're constantly forced to expose themselves to the risk of infection, they have a-hole customers shouting at them because they're stressed out looking for that 15th pack of toilet paper they don't need, and they basically don't get paid.
True that! We have several friends were told they were allowed to work as many hours as possible at hazard pay levels because half the grocery staffs are staying isolated... that way, if the existing staff becomes ill they can switch to the B-Team. Our delivery people need serious recognition, too. I've heard several people joke that isolation isn't an issue because, "I'll just order stuff from Amazon and have food delivered." Um... how do you think THOSE services are being provided? Not to mention nurses, first responders, and the daycare providers that free up all of the above!
Thank you to ALL who have to keep their nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel (and often double their efforts) to keep things running.
I agree with Darth Escargot. I have plenty of friends working in a food market, and they are still here, with no protection. My job is easyer than their. And I'm saying that even if there weren't the disease. Dealing with children is actually... easy. I worked 16 years in prioritary education zone, and you know what, they prefer when you are hard with them. When you make them suffer. You meet one after, in the street, he is all happy to see you. Even if he was a plague in class ! If I must count the children that were really bad, dangerous that I met, I count them only on one hand. When I came back to work after my heart attack, I stayed only one week, because the confinement began. But it makes me fell really good to go back to see them. And for the children too. They were expecting me to come back. Because the person who replace me wasn't able to keep them calm. And they wanted me to be back, to calm them. It was really funny. Some week before, they were telling me the nonsenses they were doing in class. I was telling them : "you know, I will be back... and it won't be fun, you are going to take heavy...", and they said "yes yes yes !"
Post by Darth Escargot on Mar 29, 2020 7:14:25 GMT -5
It's only easy if you like doing it, though. I've seen a lot of people come and go at my job (I've been at the same school for 15 years) who just weren't cut out to be teachers, and for them it's an absolute nightmare. I always say if you're the right person for it, it's the best job in the world, but if you're not it's the worst.
Pretty much agree with everything else you're saying - most kids don't like it if you're too lax with them. The reason they act out is because they're testing the limits of what they can get away with, and if they never find any limits, they eventually do things they regret and they wish someone had stopped them. And if being strict means you have clear rules that you enforce no matter what and you don't make exceptions, teenagers tend to like that because they perceive it as fair and also somewhat predictable. And at the end of the day, they understand you're being hard on them because you actually care about them.
It also helps that we actually pay teachers properly here in Switzerland, though. ;-)
Kids act differently in a structured scholastic environment, too. At home they are more likely to whine, complain, and see all the distractions of the place that is meant to be the core of their amusement and rest. Kids (oh, and adults) tend to function best within solid boundaries.
In France we are closed. All confined since 8 days, and it is going to last. And I think we waited one or two weeks too much. We should have done that before. I'm just finishing the covid. It spent me 10 days, with fever, coughing... Well, one disease after another. Heart attack in november, covid now...
Glad to hear you've made a full recovery! I hope everyone else is doing well and adjusting okay.
Things here in Toronto are pretty quiet. Most shops are closed, many restaurants too. Driving on the road you see a traffic level about equal to a stat holiday. Thankfully most shops are still fully stocked on items, and stores are using queues just to keep the number of people in the store at a certain lower-than-average level. Wishing all the best to my friends of many years on this site, and to those I haven't had the pleasure of knowing as long.
You know, my family is VERY fortunate through this time, but we do have our challenges. My wife is effectively furloughed (though she still has to work... just unpaid...) while homeschooling three kids. Our income is still okay, BUT in the past month we have had half the power go out on the house (only $650 for the electrician), had the microwave die, and need to take our neurotic dog to the vet today (expect another $500+ there). No health threats, though!
Hope you are all okay. Looks like we are starting to come out on the other side of this thing, so let's keep vigilant, keep it together, and keep supporting each other!
Sorry to hear that Maethius. It's really tough that your wife has to work without pay, I hope somehow that gets better soon. Definitely sounds like a lot to deal with on a lot of different fronts, but it is heartening that at least health hasn't been an issue.
It's interesting to read how the situation is affecting everyone and how they're working around it. I'm thankfully working now more than ever, and so is my brother. Life is basically work and go back home. Good thing is, I'm eating out a lot less and feeling the relief on my wallet, heh. More money for Zoids!
I've had customers be...actually pleasant and grateful at work. Yes there's always the one jerk. Overall though, I can't complain about them. On several occasions they've shown their gratitude towards us.