My wife and I just had Back to School Night (BTSN) for our 17-year-old son who is a junior. The schedule was the same as in the past where parents follow their child’s daily schedule from Pers. 1 through 6 spending 10 minutes in each class.
Unlike in the past, it was a virtual BTSN from the comfort of our den. Teachers had the option of holding a live Zoom meeting or posting a video. Two of our son’s teachers had live sessions while the others videotaped their presentations. Either way was fine with me. A parent can easily get a glimpse of a teacher’s personality on tape or live.
I found the live sessions stranger due to parents who chose to show themselves on camera with attention-diverting backgrounds distracting the rest of us. The videos had more information allowing teachers to use more visuals economically, though one teacher displayed long blocks of text which she then proceeded to read each word out loud, not a good practice.
As a parent, I have always enjoyed BTSN, finding it exciting to meet the educators who will temporarily spend time with my child and help mold him into a more learned individual.
As a now former teacher, I can’t help but judge which teachers I think will connect with my son and which will not. Not every teacher can connect with every child.
However, having done 11 weeks of distance learning, I recognize the challenges all teachers face in this anxious period of time in which we live. We all have to be patient and have faith that in due time things will return to normal and children will return to school. In the meantime, support your child’s teachers as much as you can. Emailing a quick “thank you for teaching my child during these difficult times” can brighten a teacher’s day.