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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #180 on: May 26, 2020, 09:44:19 am »
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I'm in the same boat but for English!
English is hard enough for me as it is and I just went straight downhill during remote learning  :'(
Oh ouch, remote learning honestly was a pain in the ass for many people. I have a feeling those who do science and math subjects are disadvantaged because of remote learning, it is so hard to ask questions online and you don't get as much attention.
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #181 on: May 26, 2020, 01:17:20 pm »
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Oh ouch, remote learning honestly was a pain in the ass for many people. I have a feeling those who do science and math subjects are disadvantaged because of remote learning, it is so hard to ask questions online and you don't get as much attention.

And this doesn't apply for other subjects?? lmao

I think people who do performing/visual arts and technology subjects, those that require specific resources from the school and actual face-to-face interactions would be so much more disadvantaged.

Thought I'd jump in as an outsider from the high school experience of COVID-19. Both points raised here are correct. Remote learning was never going to be a perfect alternative to in-person teaching. I completely see how every discipline can be impacted negatively by this pandemic so I think it's important to not invalidate each others' learning experiences because everyone is facing their own versions of hardship and struggle. While both of what you two have said hold truth and weight in their own ways, I don't think it's worth debating over this because to say certain subjects are more affected than others is how you start creating a hierarchy of subjects and prioritisation that's already a huge problem in the education system that we should steer away from contributing further to. Just something to think about because I think everyone is disadvantaged by the situation and we should all support one another, no matter what we are studying  :)


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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #182 on: July 07, 2020, 04:41:20 pm »
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Update for Victoria
- Year 11/12 in metropolitan Melbourne + Mitchell Shire + Specialist Schools will go back to school as normal for term 3. I believe this also includes year 10 and below for their specific VCE subject if they are undertaking any.
- Prep to year 10 have their school holidays extended by 1 week in order for public health officials to gain more data to make a decision (remote learning is a possibility).

Thoughts on this?

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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #183 on: July 07, 2020, 05:12:04 pm »
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Update for Victoria
- Year 11/12 in metropolitan Melbourne + Mitchell Shire + Specialist Schools will go back to school as normal for term 3. I believe this also includes year 10 and below for their specific VCE subject if they are undertaking any.
- Prep to year 10 have their school holidays extended by 1 week in order for public health officials to gain more data to make a decision (remote learning is a possibility).

Thoughts on this?

Honestly seems like the best thing they can do atm while trying to be the least disruptive to peoples education. Government is very much stuck between a rock and a hard place
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #184 on: July 07, 2020, 05:20:35 pm »
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From experience with the remote learning with both my youngest siblings (grades 2&3), if it goes back to that I just hope it is more than just worksheets that are hard to read because they're so faintly photocopied 😅 it was really hard to sustain their previous levels of enthusiasm for learning with that 🙈
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #185 on: July 07, 2020, 05:22:58 pm »
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I think that sounds like a pretty good idea, but I believe rather than having a possibility of remote learning for Prep - Year 10, I think they should make it Year 1 - Year 9, because Year prep is essential for preparing kids the fundamentals of subjects, and Year 10 is neccessary to prepare students for VCE or whatever course they plan on doing.

If when remote learning is officially announced, you know it's almost the end of the school year, and you are probably going  but you should spend some time figuring out Google Calendar, and add it as a desktop app. Sync it with all your calendars if you can, and make sure you have notifications on your devices turned on only for that and the essentials. Make sure you spend a few minutes every Sunday evening and every workday morning making plans for the day. Punch in all your classes, and have the calendar schedule your other activities automatically. It might sound like  a lot of toil, but once you've made it work to your advantage it's super efficient and also super liberating because you can focus on the content of your studies or leisures instead of being on a panic rut.



I have no idea what that second paragraph is getting at, but my two cents:

I don't think they should add prep and year 10 - prep because kids are less likely to socially distance due to them being less likely to understand the gravity of what's going on, and year 10 because year 10 kinda doesn't matter? You could make the argument it's nice to have a preparation year before things get hectic re:VCE, but year 11 is honestly designed to be a practice year on what VCE is like, which is why I think keeping year 11 is a good idea

Otherwise, I think I'm a fan of the incoming restrictions? Idk, kinda hard to be a "fan", more like they just seem reasonable enough, I guess. There's not really much else they can do about it - I do hope people don't complain as much to Daniel Andrews about "how we should be allowed out" now that they know what happens if he does let people out prematurely and they don't follow social distancing 😏

From experience with the remote learning with both my youngest siblings (grades 2&3), if it goes back to that I just hope it is more than just worksheets that are hard to read because they're so faintly photocopied 😅 it was really hard to sustain their previous levels of enthusiasm for learning with that 🙈

Yeah look, they really should've put out some materials to help teachers learn to engage over the internet - or maybe teachers need to learn to be better at trying to engage over the internet. Who knows, hopefully the extra week of holidays can be used to help with this
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #186 on: July 07, 2020, 05:42:27 pm »
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I'm mostly satisfied with this response. I'm aware of the difference in danger/risk of COVID-19 among children compared to adults but I still find it weird that we can't gather in groups of three outside school but then spend hours each day in one room with over 20 people.  :)
To be honest, I'm just happy that we aren't being sent home again, online SACs would have been an absolute nightmare.
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #187 on: July 07, 2020, 06:00:14 pm »
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I'm mostly satisfied with this response. I'm aware of the difference in danger/risk of COVID-19 among children compared to adults but I still find it weird that we can't gather in groups of three outside school but then spend hours each day in one room with over 20 people.  :)
To be honest, I'm just happy that we aren't being sent home again, online SACs would have been an absolute nightmare.
Yeah, the response was alright, but when they lifted restrictions last term, I was actually nervous that they were easing restrictions so fast, it's almost like the government wants a second wave (which they now got) At the same time I also understand the burden of the economic stagnation. But look, now the outcome is worst than what it would've been if they kept the restrictions, now the second wave has hit. A trend that I hope is only an anomaly.

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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #188 on: July 07, 2020, 06:24:36 pm »
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Update for Victoria
- Year 11/12 in metropolitan Melbourne + Mitchell Shire + Specialist Schools will go back to school as normal for term 3. I believe this also includes year 10 and below for their specific VCE subject if they are undertaking any.
- Prep to year 10 have their school holidays extended by 1 week in order for public health officials to gain more data to make a decision (remote learning is a possibility).

Thoughts on this?
Wow those year 9 and under are so lucky. My year 9 or under self would be so happy with this. I really hate going into lockdown tho, it sucks. Someone please help me I can't cope with this anymore :(
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #189 on: July 07, 2020, 07:10:02 pm »
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Wow those year 9 and under are so lucky. My year 9 or under self would be so happy with this. I really hate going into lockdown tho, it sucks. Someone please help me I can't cope with this anymore :(

While you may receive some great support over forums, it would be best to make use of an actual professional who can go into specifics of the difficulties you are facing and provide you with help. It may be difficult to access in-person help so a good start would be one of the below. These are free and confidential.

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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #190 on: July 07, 2020, 09:04:00 pm »
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Thoughts on this?
Not much, to be completely honest. We had this coming for us, and there's nothing else we can do except contain the spread before it becomes too late and we end up like the US or the UK (which we definitely do not want). It's great they're still giving VCE students the opportunity to attend school in-person though, hopefully it stays that way and the number of new cases each day declines after these lockdown measures. I'm glad they are issuing a lockdown now, though. Hopefully, the spread of the virus diminishes!

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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #191 on: July 07, 2020, 09:37:42 pm »
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Def a fair call - I for one was quite worried when restrictions started being eased.

Would be so great if this can get suppressed after this lockdown. Also, fair call for the VCE students. If I remember correctly he said something about keeping a fair ground between Regional and Metro Vic so I think it was a good idea.

However, I'm still quite worried about the prospect of returning to school - social distancing did not happen at all last time so I hope that a small attempt is made this time around to social distance a little bit!

Anyway, overall, happy with the decisions  :D (for now - hopefully we wont have to go back to online learning! Would be nice to finish this year off properly.)
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #192 on: July 07, 2020, 11:45:12 pm »
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While you may receive some great support over forums, it would be best to make use of an actual professional who can go into specifics of the difficulties you are facing and provide you with help. It may be difficult to access in-person help so a good start would be one of the below. These are free and confidential.

Kids helpline (1800 55 1800)

Beyond blue (1300 22 4636)

Headspace (1800 650 890)

Almost everyone reading this will be at some level affected by the current pandemic. We could all use someone to talk to whether it be a friend you trust or someone from the above who is trained. Please look out for each other and especially yourselves during this time physically, socially, and mentally.
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #193 on: July 08, 2020, 09:27:38 am »
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At this stage, I honestly wouldn't be complaining if we went back to online learning. If we have to go back into full lockdown to get COVID under control then I'm all for it, I'd rather that so that we can get back to 'normal' sooner.
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Re: COVID-19 and Education
« Reply #194 on: July 08, 2020, 12:08:25 pm »
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i agree with you J_Rho!

as much as it sucks to be in lockdown in our final years at school, if it means we can sooner go back to normal, i'm all for it!

i do appreciate that they are trying their best to maintain some structure for the year 11s and 12s, and its really great how swiftly action is being taken

also, as much as i'm looking forward to going outside normally, i'm more looking forward to a time when the palpable state of constant stress and tension subsides and it will feel normal to accidentally brush past someone on public transport or at the shops and not freak out  :(

fingers crossed the number of new cases go down soon