Primary school teacher had 'challenging' and 'exhausting' week
A primary school teacher has spoken about a ‘challenging’ and ‘exhausting’ few days keeping an eye her own class as well as her two children.
All schools in Britain have been closed since Friday last week to all pupils except those of ‘key workers’ such as NHS staff and emergency services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The mother-of-two, who wishes to remain anonymous, is juggling her own class but also home educating her children who attend separate schools.
She said: “It’s been quite challenging because I’ve got my two children at home with me and they are being set a ridiculous amount of work to do.
“We are trying to support them with that while I’m supporting my own class so it has been quite exhausting really.”
Striking a balance between work and play was how she has coped with home schooling.
Her children have been taking advantage of the sunny weather to play in the garden.
The teacher did admit she was shocked the decision was taken to close schools to a large proportion of pupils.
“I’m surprised they actually closed the schools because they don’t like to close even for the snow.
“I do think it is a good thing though to protect children because they can still carry it.”
Teachers are being called into schools on a rota basis and this teacher said she expected to be called in about six times over a nine week period.
“We will be doing work that has been set and we are trying to do the same sort of things as the children who aren’t able to come to school,” she explained.
“We’ve been setting work for the children who can’t come in through Google Classroom and e-mail along with topics which they can choose from.
“We’re just trying to keep them busy so they don’t feel any pressure.
“I’m in a lucky position as a teacher but there will be some parents who didn’t like school and for them, this will be very difficult.”
As well as juggling shool work for her own school and children, she is also juggling the challenges presented by following Government advice to stay at home.
“I’ve haven’t been shopping yet,” she said.
“I did the shopping last Friday and we haven’t had to get anything yet.
“However, when we do need to go, it will be just one of us that goes.
“We have kept the children quite close to the house when we have been on walks.
“I’ve been doing one run a day too.
“We’re very lucky that we have got a garden with a playhouse and they’ve also been making dens.
“At the moment, it’s still a bit of a novelty and we’ve got good weather but there will come a time when it does worsen and we won’t be able to do these things anymore.”