6 hours of Zoom for 1st grade, it's going swell (or like 💩)

Title (Dublin Core)

6 hours of Zoom for 1st grade, it's going swell (or like 💩)

Description (Dublin Core)

Distance learning started for my 1st grader. After seeing the schedule, I could tell it was going to be rough. She’s supposed to be in class just under 6 hours a day. 6 hours on Zoom M-F. I couldn’t handle that as an adult, so why would I expect a 6yo to do it? The district handed out Chromebooks, which are fun for the 6yo because you can touch the screen or click the track pad, but ultimately the processors are too slow. It took so long to load Google classroom that I gave her my laptop, even though I really needed it to get my own work done.

Most of the day was spent listening and trying to get the technology to work. If other students are loud or disruptive on Zoom it’s a lot harder to ignore them because they can directly compete with the teacher if they’re unmuted on the screen.

The online learning program crashed for over an hour, so she sat and colored while we waited to reconnect. Maya drew this picture of our dog, yes pooping on a flower, but whatever. We resorted to bathroom humor to make light of the moment.

The whole time I felt so stressed because the first day was uncomfortable and a bit boring. By the end of the afternoon she was supposed to transition into “special areas.” Today was music, but she didn’t want to stay in class. She was sick of learning on the computer. I’ll also say that the music teacher was a bit obnoxious asking for introductions and really digging in deep to people’s summer activities. I was over it at that point too. I really don’t care if a classmate is at a cabin, why does she need to sit there and listen to all of this? It was already a long day, and she wanted to quit. I logged her out of Zoom early and we’ll try again tomorrow.
first grade, distance learning, Google classroom, technology, frustration

Date (Dublin Core)

August 17, 2020

Creator (Dublin Core)

Katy Kole de Peralta

Contributor (Dublin Core)

Katy Kole de Peralta

Type (Dublin Core)


Controlled Vocabulary (Dublin Core)

English Education--K12
English Emotion
English Home & Family Life

Curator's Tags (Omeka Classic)

first grade
distance learning
Google classroom

Collection (Dublin Core)


Linked Data (Dublin Core)

Curatorial Notes (Dublin Core)

Anasitasia Vaitele
Added item to the children item set. 04/18/2022 AV

Date Submitted (Dublin Core)


Date Modified (Dublin Core)


Item sets

This item was submitted on August 17, 2020 by Katy Kole de Peralta using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

Click here to view the collected data.

New Tags

I recognize that my tagging suggestions may be rejected by site curators. I agree with terms of use and I accept to free my contribution under the licence CC BY-SA