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#1 Iulia

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 09:42

I know this might sound a little wacky, but mad times need creative solutions.
I've gone back to in person lessons apart from a couple of students who have stayed online due to personal circumstances. I travel to the homes of students.
I usually visit 4-5 houses on each daily route. I always try of course to schedule students who live nearby on same evening.
I've asked parents to please arrange a video lesson if the child is sick, or anyone in the family has any remotely covid like symptoms. Most have so far been sensible about this.
The problem is if I am half way through a route, I cannot always (in fact mostly cannot) get back to my house to do the video lesson, then back to next student in time. And it ALWAYS seems to be a mid route lesson
I am thinking would it be possible to buy a small portable keyboard and do these online lessons from my car?
I'm wondering if anyone has every done something similar? I suppose it would be dependent on signal where I was parked.
Would parents think it was mad do you think??

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 10:11

I think it's time they came to you! ;)


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#3 Iulia

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 11:38

Well sadly not really possible where I live :)


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 14:09

If you can make it work, go for it!

 

I wouldn't worry about what the parents think. If they don't think we're at least slightly mad, we're probably not doing our job well enough!! :rofl:

 

edit: or is that just me?!!


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 14:26

It's not just you! :)


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 15:57

Could you not reschedule the lessons for a time when you'll be home.  After all if they're isolating then they'll be available all day.


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#7 Iulia

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 17:54

Could you not reschedule the lessons for a time when you'll be home.  After all if they're isolating then they'll be available all day.

Mostly - the particular instance that made me think of that though was it was siblings. The one who was sick was at home. The other was at school, so not available during the day. I didn't particularly want to go to the house and teach the other, but didn't have time to get home in the gap created to do online for one. So I had to reschedule that as well.

It might be a daft idea, just I have a feeling this term is going to be chaos with this sort of thing ...


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 21:19

It sounds very resourceful to me, if you can manage it.
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#9 Iulia

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 08:36

It sounds very resourceful to me, if you can manage it.

I guess one way to find out!


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Posted 16 September 2021 - 15:13

Could it be pricey using all that 4G data?  Unless you have a generous allowance on your mobile plan?


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#11 Iulia

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 19:33

Well I would envision it maybe one lesson a week, worst case. If it got to the point multiple families are sick or isolating daily I think I'd be taking the whole thing online ... :(


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 13:33

If you and they can, I'd ask your families to be flexible with you, so that if someone in the middle of your route needs a video lesson that can't be slotted in before you start your "rounds", you can skip them until you get home, then give the video lesson at the end.


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