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  1. 7 hours ago, square_25 said:

    Anyway, that's my pet peeve. I've had trouble having conversations about how to teach math in a non-standard ways without people seeming kind of offended that I'm dismissing the standard sequence and the standard approaches. But then math is probably the subject people are least creative about, on average. 

    Oh, let's start another argument, Square.  We can usually really get it going! How about the value of drill vs investigations. Just to switch it up, you take drill and I'll take investigations. 🙂 

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  2. 8 hours ago, mms said:

    I would personally like to see more of the nitty gritty details of other people’s plans. I’ve found so many resources thanks to others describing what they do! But, I also like to know what day to day looks like, what an actual lesson looks like, how all the resources look pulled together.

    I've done DIY from K to 12 for both my kids.  My older informed me last night that he very much values what we did in highschool, and that he is alone at college amongst the homeschoolers to have actually done DIY through highschool. I outsourced only 2 classes for my older (both fell flat) and none for my younger. I have really had no choice because there are basically no options here in NZ for outsourcing, especially for gifted kids. 

    I am always happy to share how we have created a learning environment together, but I really need a thread with a questions.  It looks pretty bad to just start a thread to discuss myself. haha. 

     

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  3. 11 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

    NSW have had a whole week of no new local cases.  

    Sounds like the Trans Tasman bubble might end up between NZ and only certain states in Australia. We are at day 12 no cases. They were saying on our news that Australians in certain states might be in the strange situation of being allowed to travel to NZ while their borders are still closed to other Australian states. I can't wait to travel.  NSW and Tasmania are on my list!

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  4. NZ looks like it will completely reopen next week on Wednesday. At that point we will either be at the 95% or 99% confidence interval that there are NO cases in the community (depends on the date you use as our last case). Completely reopening means: 1) no social distancing requirements, which opens restaurants, bars, businesses, and airplanes up to full capacity.  2) It also means no limit on gathering size, which opens up the weekend markets and even stadiums (although I'm not convinced they will go this far). We will continue to register at stores we go to (by paper or app) in order to help with contact tracing if there is a breach at the borders. 3) Borders remain closed but with exceptions being made if people are willing to pay for a supervised 2 week quarantine in a hotel. This means foreign university students could attend (and because NZ is safe, there is a lot of demand to come), and means people in required jobs could get in (we got the 56-person Avatar movie crew yesterday). Jacinda will make the announcement on Monday as to the details. 

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  5. In NZ. We went from one of the strictest lockdowns in the world to one of the loosest in a 4 week period. Starting two days ago, we are allowed gatherings of 100 people if they can be tracked and if they all know each other (so church services, weddings, parties, etc.). All strangers are to stay 1 meter apart. There is not and never has been a request for people to wear masks.

    So 2 weeks ago, when we just exited our lower level lockdown, I was still seeing the elderly wear masks in the grocery stores and sometimes others wearing masks on the street (typically of Asian descent as it is more of a cultural norm, but I would say only about 1 in 20 people). These were all disposal masks, I have never seen a homemade mask here.  But now 2 weeks into our freedom, I was just in the city a couple of hours ago, and there were people everywhere.  There was basically no social distancing, no masks (I did not see even one), and general good spirits.  The stores are still required to track all people entering by gathering name and mobile number, but in the store there was no social distancing. 

    We currently have had 0 cases in 9 days in NZ and have only 1 active case left in the country. I think that people are finally feeling safe. During lockdown, we had amazing compliance -- 90% of people supported the incredibly strict lockdown (all stores closed, no driving, no internet shopping, no swimming etc). Now, people have been told it is safe, and to go support local businesses, and people are. And they are starting to ignore the rule of 1 meter distance requirement for strangers.  I'm sensing that people think that tracking who goes into stores for contact tracing is still considered reasonable, but people are feeling safe enough that the 1-meter rule seems a bit too cautious. 

    So at least here, people are comfortable getting back to normal once the risk was close to zero.  My dh went out to a restaurant with my boys last night and they said it was packed.  At first they felt a bit weird being around a crowd, but it also felt *good*. And they felt comfortable. I also think handshaking will start up again. Another thread was asking about long term impact, and I think the main cultural change I anticipate is for sick people to work from home and people to wash their hands more frequently.  But as for personal space and physical contact, I'm not seeing a long term impact here. 

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  6. 1 minute ago, Mom2mthj said:

    Here university or community college courses have to be submitted.  AoPS classes in certain circles would carry more weight than many of the multitudes of places offering homeschool classes because they cater to (really smart) public school students as well. 

    Yes, we had to get the local uni to send a transcript (boy was THAT a pain to get done internationally!) We chose to highlight AoPS because it is well respected and recognized by universities.  I don't know if any of the examples you gave are equivalently well respected in their areas. 

    The goal of my transcript was to translate our somewhat unschooling approach into a traditional educational form. In the course descriptions, I described briefly when we used an external provider as a part of the content and mixed it with an unschooling approach.  I felt the need to make sure that none of my mommy grades were questioned, so I was careful and clear. 


  7. 14 hours ago, Seasider too said:

    Oh well yeah, I imagine it is different at the elementary level. 😂

    I always let my kids play with legos and color and such during read aloud time. But thinking back, I knew home schoolers who would get frustrated because their kids wouldn’t just sit still and only listen. 

    My dh is currently reading Infinite Jest by Wallace outloud to my 19 and 16 year old sons. This was my 19yo's request because he is back from MIT and remembers so fondly his dad reading to him. The book he chose, however, is quite a doozy!  So last night dh read for 2 hours while my older constructed a very complex origami bird and my younger practiced sword fighting with a 2 meter long fabric tube! He only hit the hanging light twice, which was pretty good for 2 hours of movement!

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  8. 4 hours ago, Sebastian (a lady) said:

    We are in Virginia now.  There are guaranteed admission plans from any of the state community colleges to each of the public universities. 

    My sister is an engineering prof at a CC in Virginia.  And she has worked very hard to get her department aligned to the UVA's engineering school so that all of her department's engineering courses are directly transferable to UVA

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  9. We opened back up 2 weeks ago with a max group size of ten and 1 meter social distancing still required. (Bars had an additional restriction that all patrons must be seated.) We open up to groups of 100 starting Friday midday which will now allow religious groups to meet.  

    What I have found so far is that even in a safe place (3 new cases in 14 days, 97% of all cases recovered), people are only slowly coming back to the city (we live in a downtown neighborhood). It is taking people some time to remember what they used to do and to start doing it again. No masks here as the Director General of Health has not recommended them for NZ, but people are still walking a meter apart. I've seen people in restaurants and nightlife did start up again just a bit last weekend. I have also definitely noticed a huge reduction in the number of people using our local park during the day as they are now at work and their kids at school. Also, public transit is running at only 40% so there are still people working from home, which also reduces the number in the city obviously. Trains were completely down yesterday due to the earthquake (Did you guys see the Jacinda on live TV? -- seems to be all over the world news haha. Our building is concrete, so we did not even feel it, but she was in a building with base isolators which allow for LOTS of movement).

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  10. Short stories by Borges (Argentina) are excellent, and some of my older boy's all time favorites.

    He also LOVED Crime and Punishment, and it is not as long as other Russian classic works. 

    We have never read Camus (France) but he was next on our list. 

    If you've got the time The Luminaries (NZ) is outstanding and a great yarn.  They are currently making the miniseries.  But it is long!

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  11. We had lots of colors of construction paper to chose from, and each time he wanted to add a link, he had to pick the color, cut it out, and stand on a chair to staple it on.  So the effort to add the link (way more than just a sticker), reinforced the effort it took for him to earned it.  And strangely, standing on the chair to reach the chain was quite symbolic because he was reaching up.  Also, the planning of *how* to make the chain go around the room, from bookshelf, to art, to curtain, etc, was also symbolic of planning how to achieve his goals. And while he was planning the chain's future location and color, he would simultaneously plan how to earn more links. There was a reason why he kept adding to the chain for so over a year.  And even after he quit adding to it, it stayed up for at least a year longer. 

    ETA: I just talked to younger ds, and he remembers the paper chain quite fondly a decade later. 🙂 

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  12. 10 minutes ago, mathmarm said:

    This is such a wonderful idea! It's wide-reaching and very applicable! It's such a simple--but brilliant idea! Thank you for this! 

    Did you get this idea from a book or article, and if so, which one?! (I only ask, because there might be other jewels in there that I wouldn't hate to miss out on!) 

    We are definitely implementing this. 

    I'm glad you like it!  I made it up!

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  13. When my kids were younger, I focused on self-assessment.  We created a paper chain that stretched around the family room ceiling, very publicly displayed.  My son (age 6-8) could add a new link whenever he felt he had achieved a goal. It was a goal of his making (and obviously some influence by me as the parent, but he always considered it *his* goal).  Each link was worth about 10 minutes of effort. Although we never made that rule, it just became the norm.  When people would come into the family room, they would ask about the chain, and he could talk about how he had earned every link, and how he planned to make it grow longer.  He was *very* proud of this chain, and he kept adding to it for over a year.  Most days he judged himself worthy of 2 to 6 links.  It was the best approach I ever found to deeply instill the desire to be the person he wanted to be, and to rely on his own judgement for a job well done rather than seek external reinforcement. 

     

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  14. 2 hours ago, mom31257 said:

    Would you mind to post a picture of one of those stands if you could get one? 

    Haha. Not an official stand.  One kid attaches his phone to a desk lamp. One has it cantilevered on top of a large vitamin bottle.  Another has put it on top of a cereal box.  It takes them about 5 minutes to come up with something, and I advise them on lowering/raising it or changing the direction because of shadowing etc.  It has been pretty funny how unique each setup is.  I did say *low* tech and cheap!  🙂 

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  15. I tutor kids one on one.  They only have a phone and a laptop.  I simply have them design/construct a stand that can hold their phone about 8 inches away from their paper and point their camera down.  Then, I can then see what they are writing while they are writing and give feedback.  If I need to show them something, I point the camera to my paper rather than my face.  Low tech, cheap option if all they have is a phone. 

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  16. This is exactly why I have found the best connections and advice have come from the learning disabilities crowd in our homeschooling community.  They have had to adapt all curriculum to the needs of the child, and they have had many false starts and U turns.  They are very open about difficulties with homeschooling, both emotional and academic.  They have offered me very nuanced advice for both of my children, even though both are highly gifted. What binds us together is struggle,and the desire to do right by our children who are quirky and don't fit tidily into little boxes. 

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  17. 22 hours ago, Ktgrok said:

    No, not a unified answer...I'd love to hear lots of different answers. Sorry that wasn't clear. I'm looking more for the range of answers, than the average, if that makes sense?

    My guess is that it will be an emergent phenomenon rather than a coordinated decision. Everything I have read seems to point to people not trusting constantly changing government advice, so I think many will simply ignore it. So in my mind the national covid result will be the sum of 400 million people's individual choices, and these choices will be based on perceived risk in their area.  

    So my expectation is that most elderly and immunocompromised will continue to stay home as much as possible, and people in hard hit cities will stay home. Not because the government tells them to, but because they don't feel safe going out.  In localities where the risk is low (urban or rural), people will go out to work, shop, and play.  This will continue in their location until there is a rise in cases, and then people will get scared, and stay home. My guess is that the time delay in this decision making will cause the hospitals to be overwhelmed for a time in that locality, because by the time people are scared, the growth rate will be on the steep part of the exponential curve. But I think this individual decision making will be done city by city, state by state, based on an evaluation of individual risk and individual needs -- so the poor will continue to go out to work longer than the rich.

    I am not convinced that once people are out of state mandated lockdown that they will ever do it again. I do not think that in and out will be accepted and complied with; however I do think that individuals will make the choice to stay home, and individual business will make the choice to control spread by behavior modification that their customers expect - for example each universities is making its own decisions, not coordinated by anyone. Basically, I see the American response as very American -- individual choice and freedom is all important.  It may not be the most effective/coordinated course of action, but it reflects American values. 

    I anticipate that covid will simply work its way around the USA for two years, peaking in different localities, until enough people get it or there is a vaccine that has been widely distributed. 

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  18. Just a funny story about lockdown here 🙂 

    Social distancing rules under Level 2 has limited the number of people that can get into cafes and restaurants.

    For many people, that means having to wait outside for another patron to leave before they can get in for their favourite snack or caffeine fix - even if you're the Prime Minister.

    Jacinda Ardern was spotted waiting outside Olive Cafe on Cuba St on Saturday morning.

    Speaking to Stuff, a manager from the cafe said the Prime Minister had showed up without a booking, and waited outside with some other customers.

    "It was just a couple minutes, she was all good," he said.

    A diner at the cafe said they and some friends had just been seated when they saw Ardern, fiance Clarke Gayford, some friends and a bodyguard arrived.

    "But one of the workers had to awkwardly say it was full and there were no tables, and they left, and we were wondering if we should give them our table.

    "Mercifully it seems a group was then clearing out and one of the staff chased them down and they were seated."

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  19. 13 minutes ago, kand said:

     If there’s some other information about this that you found, I would be very interested in it.

    Not me. The Director General of Public Health here has been doing continual evaluation of the research as the press has pushed him most days on why he is not recommending masks like many other nations.  I trust him and his team as he has led us through this crisis with hardly a single error. He has said that in *our* situation (low risk) the use of masks is neutral, so he won't recommend them for the public. But I'm going to bow out of this conversation as I think I am just muddying the waters.  

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