Dear Moms, Stay Calm and Wait to Hear From Your Teacher!

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I’ve got the inside scoop and I need to tell you…

Teachers are still teaching!

I’m a middle-aged mom who just rejoined the full-time workforce last August and am working in the public middle school system. I also have an eighth-grade son who started homeschooling last October due to medical issues. I’ve seen a bit of both worlds, and I’ve spent the last six months gaining new perspectives.

I have three things to share with you today and I’ll be here as the weeks go on.

Today, I want you to know that no one in education is acting like school is out. Everyone in education is simply adjusting to the new norm that the school building is closed.

Implementation of all your district and school has for you will take a few days.

Relax. You are going to hear from them. Until you do, you don’t need to try to recreate your own homeschool curriculum. It’s OK if you and yours have a couple of lazy days.

Online educational resources exist in mind-boggling amounts.

Unless you’ve got your own free time and want to get lost in a near-endless virtual library, don’t start filtering through all the recommendations. You’ll hear from your child’s teacher soon.

Everyone does not learn the same thing in the same way at the same time.

Do you know who understands that best? Teachers. Typical content learning is slow, intentional, and methodical. Quantity of work does not necessarily equate to quantity/quality of learning.

So, what are you going to do today? Just wait to hear from your teacher! 

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Melanie McGehee never knew she wanted to be a mom. Even marriage caught her somewhat by surprise, in spite of the fact that she met husband Andy through a matchmaking service. She thanked eharmony by writing about that experience for an anthology, A Cup of Comfort for Women in Love. Almost two years to the day after marrying him, she stared at two pink lines and wonder aloud, “Is this okay?” His response, “Kind of late to be asking that now.” It was a bit late – in life. But at the advanced maternal age of 35, she delivered by surprise at 35 weeks and an emergency C-section, a healthy bay boy. Ian, an only child like herself, is ten years old and unlike any of the children Melanie has tutored, substitute taught, or led in a variety of church activities. Together with him, Melanie has discovered Thomas, SpongeBob, youtube tech channels, Lemony Snicket, Kate DiCamillo, shirts with no tags, and tooth powder. You can follow Melanie’s personal adventures and her love of children and teaching at beingmissmelanie.

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