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Kind words for you, from the parents (it feels good!)

A few weeks ago, our team conducted a survey with parents to find out their concerns about distance learning, with the aim of preparing a new special issue of the magazine, for families. Some respondents took the time to write a few words of encouragement. Here are a few!

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A few weeks ago, the École branchée team conducted a survey of parents to find out their concerns about distance learning. In the comments space provided at the end of the survey (in French and English), some respondents took the time to write a few words of encouragement for the teachers. Here are a few to read!

“I am convinced that the teachers are doing their best. They should be consulted a lot more. They are the ones who are immersed in this whirlwind of change. They are the ones who are building the future of our children. " 

“I find that under the current circumstances everyone is doing a good job; it is not easy for anyone. Perhaps 4-day weeks would be welcome, while waiting for this to pass. Young people could go crazy at home while teachers take a breath. "

“School in the classroom is very important for socialization. The teachers do a great job and we [the parents] are not as equipped as they are. Difficult to teach at home due to lack of time, stress, constraints, etc. especially when there are several children in the house. "

“I really like the idea of hybrid mode, of distance education combined with classroom instruction, to keep social contact. "

“I am also concerned about the well-being of teachers. I don't even understand how they can switch from classroom instruction to remote mode in the same week. I am wholeheartedly with them. If we can help our child's teacher in any way, we will be available because we have the opportunity. "

“I want to acknowledge all the work and dedication that staff are doing among their own personal concerns and stress levels during this time. ” 

“The teachers are doing a great job, as it is difficult to engage students online. Teacher continuous involvement and motivation is essential. ” 

“I feel that there could be more of a partnership between school and parents, especially during these crazy times! We, parents, want to help! ”

Ways to facilitate co-education

The parents who responded to our survey also had a few small requests to, in their opinion, promote school-family collaboration.

"Is it possible to do remote school connection test sessions?" This would allow better preparation. "

"Can we have access to the answer keys as well as the detailed list of assignments, lessons and homework to be done each week?" "

“I think school lessons could be videotaped so students can have more flexibity when they want to refer to material. They could watch it multiple times. ”

“It would be interesting for the schools to set up tutoring hours after class hours to help support students. ”

A special issue for parents

The École branchée team is currently preparing the 2e edition of the École branchée magazine on the family. This one, intended for parents, aims to equip them in their role of accompanist in distance learning with their children. The release is scheduled for February 2021.

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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