Changing the way we do education

My daughter asked me if I wanted to participate in our grandson's Zoom Video classroom assignment. I said, "Yes, but what can I do?"

My daughter asked me if I wanted to participate in our grandson’s Zoom Video classroom assignment. I said, “Yes, but what can I do?” At 10:AM each morning, he participates with his classmates and teacher in their online classes. “I would like for you to have a 25-minute class at 9:30 AM to prepare him for his school morning,” she...At 10:AM each morning, he participates with his classmates and teacher in their online classes.

"I would like for you to have a 25-minute class at 9:30 AM to prepare him for his school morning," she said.

I thought for a moment, and she continued. "The children usually have guidance counselors in their schools, but they are not a part of the online class."

Elementary guidance counselors are responsible for providing social, emotional, behavioral, and academic treatments and guiding them. "It could just be a "Nana" class, and you can discuss what you want," she said.

I decided to teach him a character education lesson about the different characteristics of love, using I Corinthians: 13:4-8 to demonstrate what love looks like in action.

My grandson is an enthusiastic hockey player, so I decided to use this to aid in our discussion.

I asked if he would go out on the hockey rink with his teammates without his hockey stick. "Of course not," he said.

Then we discussed how his hockey stick demonstrated that he is part of a hockey team and compared it to being part of his family member.

We broke down the three parts of his hockey stick; the handle to place his hand for stability, the shaft to control the movement, and the blade (including the heel and toe), which come in contact with the puck.

Loving our family requires more than words; it requires action and good behaviors. Like he needed to understand each part of his hockey stick to become a good hockey player, he also needed to understand each characteristic of love to be a caring member of his family, including the following lesson plan.

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no records of wrong. Love does not Delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Our first lesson was fun and productive while learning the ways and reasons we should be patient, not only at school, with his teammates and with his family.

I am very excited to have 25 minutes each morning to teach my grandson a lesson or talk and tell jokes with each other.

I miss our grandchildren and am grateful to be able to stay connected with them. I don't have memories of my grandparents. They were gone before I was born, but I know what it feels like to be a grandparent. It is deep because it is like looking through the child’s soul, your love so much, and seeing another part of them.

We have 10 grandchildren, and we see them pretty often even though they live hours away from us, and I am blessed to have a loving husband to be quarantined with these last number of days.

But I think of parents and grandparents in their homes alone and how important those phone calls and video chats from family and friends are right now. The world outside our window is beautiful, but it does not compare to our children’s or grandchildren’s faces and voices.

Recently, I mentioned to our children that I knew they were safe because they were all together. But then I hesitated to say, "It's just that your dad and I are here, and we miss seeing and talking to you all."

A few days later, my son set up a Zoom Meeting to see and talk with them.  After that, our daughter invited us to teach one of the lessons each school day in our 9-year-old Zoom classroom.

Families dealing with homeschooling, online jobs, refereeing their children, and the stress of finances don't always have time to know what grandparents may need or have in their hearts. That's why, in times like these, we need to ask.

When I send our son a note to see how they are doing, I usually get a wonderful FaceTime chat with our granddaughters. When they call, I walk around the house and yard and show them things to feel like they are visiting.

COVID-19 pandemic is quickly changing our world, and the way families are communicating. But the important thing is that we are communicating.

In times like these, where there may be tension, lack of privacy and space in the home for parents and children, the lesson plan I'm teaching my grandson may remind us all that love and respect is what holds families together. 



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Deana Landers
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  1. Good morning, Deana,I am grateful that our first grandson was just born healthy and his parents are virus-free, too! Little Milo is just 2 weeks old but I hear he already has a bookshelf full of beloved stories to help shape his little life. I love what I do now working with PABS students at an elementary school (I was over in the Life Skills side for 12 years prior in California) but as a Paraprofessional I don't get to do any of the online teaching; however... I will be beginning reading to our students tomorrow! I am really excited to see them all and miss their craziness and yes, ADHD figures into most of their lives. ;) They are sooo smart and computers are just a natural fit for them all and I can't wait to hear how they all are doing. Our lead teacher and my classroom teacher are just getting their SPED class up and running but our regular ed. teachers have been online about a month now. I am excited to see how this changes teaching going forward and we LOVE our counselors!!! I hope ours joins in one day soon but I know they have been talking with parents over the phone and on Zoom-type conferences as I see from emails. I've learned a lot from them. <3Enjoy your family time! I miss my grown-up kids and wish they both lived closer (but now I have an excuse for a visit when we are out of quarantine).Happy spring,Barb :)

    • Deana Landers -

      Barbara, thank you for sharing with me this morning. Your work sound so rewarding. I do believe this quarantine thing is going to change a lot of our communication. I had no idea I would have my on Zoom account and invite anyone to join me but I do. Please keep me updated with how things are going in your school transitions. Deana

  2. This is so true. I am happy that you can zoom with your grandson. I am lucky that my grandkids are close by and I see them Monday and Wed. Hopefully this Covid 19 will teach us some positive life expereiences which I think is happening for some of us.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Marla, always for commenting. I believe there will be many positive changes in our family lives after being separated. I am glad that you are close to your grandchildren. Take care of you, today.Deana

  3. You gave me goosebumps reading this Deana. You would be an amazing teacher on so many different levels. The way you conveyed such a beautiful message in a real and understandable way is so thought-provoking. What a pity that elementary guidance isn't part of the online curriculum. Of all the subjects that might be the one that brings everything together in these strange times.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle. I agree, right now it is important for young people to know that they have control in their lives, especially in their behavior. Thank you for always commenting.Deana

  4. Ann Barnes -

    Hello Deana love your stories ! So glad you can see your family on zoom and face time . My grandson called me yesterday we talked for about 3 hrs . It was wonderful. He is a firefighter. You stay safe and enjoy those children.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Ann. It is wonderful to talk with our children and grandchildren at this uncertain time and when you get a 3-hour call from your grown grandson...that is really special. Deana

  5. Sweet post Deana. This pandemic is making all of us prioritize family time however we can get it. We had a Zoom family party two weeks ago and I'm certainly ready for another one!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle, for commenting. Yes I think these times are changing a lot and bringing us closer together.Deana

  6. Beautiful Deanna. My favorite bible passage. (It's a popular one.) What a great idea to share it with little ones. I only had one grandmother growing up and I'm looking forward to the day when I may become one myself. In the meantime, as one of five children with both parents deceased, I enjoy the company of my siblings and their families. However, we haven't been able to see other lately and I'm really feeling it. We have had one Zone party. I think it's time for another.

    • Deana Landers -

      Oh Patti, those Facetime visits make a difference. Just to see the faces of our loved ones. I'm learning a lot about how to use the Zoom, but also the Google Meet. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Patti.Deana

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