I have 5 hours of meetings on my calendar today. I know this is typical in some knowledge work fields but it is definitely NOT normal for me!
Luckily I do not have telemed outpatients today; I just have to (virtual) round on the inpatients and any new consults. So, I will just have to brace myself for a lot of sitting. Or pacing maybe. I never understood the concept of a treadmill desk . . . until now.
Kids School-At-Home Update:
I haven’t mentioned this in a while, which is probably because it’s been going a bit more smoothly.
Annabel is largely in charge of her own 2nd grade work. She attends a class meeting (they use Microsoft Teams rather than Zoom) where the teachers provide a bit of teaching, and an overview of the day’s work. Then she uses the school’s online learning dashboard to complete it.
(Programs her grade uses – ThinkCentral, iReady, Reflex Math, Nearpod, Discovery Education. They are also reading some books together as a class.)
Honestly, her teachers (there are 2, class of 40 kids) are amazing and have adapted very well. They motivate her and there (SO FAR) just hasn’t been too much friction.
Cameron on the other hand . . . well, his personality is different. He has a LOT of trouble sitting still while trying to do his work (literally will jerk around and fall off of his chair every 3 minutes and — when I’m there — sometimes he throws himself on me to give an impromptu hug which is sweet but does not help get his work done).
His teacher is assigning a lot, considering it’s kindergarten . . . and he requires fairly constant supervision to get it done. If I’m seeing patents or otherwise occupied with work, I am not involved so that falls to our nanny. Which means G spends some time playing with toys AND some time in front of the screen.
His work usually includes a mix of: Think Central, Math on the Spot, Lalilo, EPIC, and Nearpod, with iReady for “homework” (isn’t it all HW now!?).
I feel terrible for families with multiples kids WITHOUT childcare because it would be largely impossible for him to do what is assigned. And while I am not tooooo worried about him falling behind, I don’t want to give him the message that school assignments are optional.
As one might imagine, our family calendar board is not very exciting right now:
Okay. Off to completely my checklist (meditate, work out). My rigid routines are really saving my sanity right now!