How to Hold a Pencil: The truth of online learning during the quarantine

Allison Lane
4 min readMay 23, 2020
Look familiar? #2 pencils are your friend. Photo by Frank Vessia on Unsplash

It seems like forever ago that we all said, “Screens are bad!”

Oh yeah? That was yesteryear. This is now. And our kids now spend 10 hours on screens each day. Still, our 3rd and 6th graders are not enjoying our daily schedules. I can’t imagine why.

7:30 a.m. WAKE UP. You’re tired? Dangit, we’ve been up since 6. Brush your teeth and hair. Try again. Get dressed in clothes you did NOT sleep in. Feed the dogs. Yes, give them water too. All living things need water. Stop fighting.

8 a.m. EAT breakfast. Why we have to point this out, I’ll never know. If we didn’t, they’d skip it and then — 12 minutes later — complain they’re hungry. Nice voices, please.

8:30 a.m. RUN 3 laps to the bus stop, through the woods, and back to our cul-de-sac. We time the kids for their P.E. logs. It might be chilly, but you’re only cold because you’re dressed for a tropical get-away. No, we can’t go on vacation to the Caribbean. Yes, I know your friends went on a cruise. That’s their family. This is ours. It’s 40-degrees here, put on some clothes.

9 a.m. PREPARE for school. Laptops ready. Pull up Google Classrooms. No, not in your beds. Get paper and a pencil. Yes, you have to take notes.