Your priority is the children in your care.
The ones that need your support on so many levels. The ones that need structure, stability, routine and a professional teacher.
In a normal classroom environment of course, you’d have more support. Your TAs would be by your side throughout the term – the team you can lean on for support too.
But things are different now.
Instead of your colleagues, you’re relying on parents to provide the teaching support your pupils need, as best as they can. Many will be struggling. They’re not trained like you and home-schooling will be way out of their comfort zone.
They’ll also be juggling full-time work on top of their new ‘teaching assistant’ status and looking for as much support as you can give them. And that’s what you’re currently doing – setting themes for the week, providing maths resources, English exercises and injecting as much enthusiasm into every day as you possibly can.
But what about literacy?
We all know that, as adults, it’s creative arts that we’re all turning to throughout lockdown. To music, art, drama and literature as an escape.
And our children are no different.
The pages of a story provide unlimited adventures and the distractions that they need, but how can you monitor their reading at home?
In your classroom you’d listen to each child read.
You know which stories they enjoy the most and you know who the confident readers in your class are. You know who the shy children are, the ones who need more encouragement and the ones who struggle to read aloud when the words dance on the page before them.
The ones who stumble at even the simplest of sentences.