Online Lessons From Home

Now that schools are closed for the rest of the year due to rising Covid cases and only reopening on 20 January 2021, this will be the scene in my living room, six times a week.

Her desktop PC is turned on with teacher on screen, mobile phone is turned on with Roblox auto-playing and ear phones plugged in.  Every few minutes, she’ll switch screens to different platforms – Whatsapp, Discord, Spotify, You Tube and don’t know what else. And she’s apparently chatting with her classmates on those channels.  The distraction is just too hard to resist for a kid.  Online learning from home is totally not as effective as learning from school.  What’s more, there will be no more final exam this year and all major government exams are cancelled.  Can I really fault her for her lack of focus in her studies now?  According to Cass’ Mandarin tutor, all her students are behaving in a similar manner throughout the MCO.  Thankfully Cass’ class teacher, who’s also her Chinese language teacher has  the right tactic to tackle the students and the kids are very serious and pay attention whenever she’s teaching online.

According to the website of the high school that Cass will be going to next year, classes will continue to be in a blended learning module in 2021.


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Support Your Community During the Quarantine

Governments throughout the world have enacted quarantine restrictions that have impacted large and small communities alike. You and many others are unable to resume an ordinary life, which has impacted both individuals and businesses alike. If you wish to help your area, there are a few tasks that you and others can do.

Donate to Organizations

Your town or city likely has a few local nonprofit organizations that help the most vulnerable populations. They might need the following resources:

  • Cash donations
  • Masks (homemade or disposable)
  • Personal protection equipment (gloves, sanitizers)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Blood (if eligible)
  • Volunteer labor

You can try to contact these organizations directly or even do simple tasks like placing food by local pantries. Also, you can make money and supply donations to general nonprofits that help people throughout the country or worldwide.

Eat from Local Restaurants

Due to the restrictions on large gatherings and the high potential for contamination via food, restaurants have been hit hard during quarantine. Both larger chains and local places can use some help. While making a Noodles and Company order online Northwest Suburbs Chicago helps the franchises, your community’s independent locations also need plenty of assistance. Make sure they have curbside takeout and home delivery options to keep yourself safe while buying their meals.

Purchase Gift Cards

Other businesses throughout your community are also potentially in peril during this situation, but it might not be the right time to go shopping. An effective way to support these places is by purchasing gift cards for friends and family, as well as vouchers for your own use. Buying these items ensures that the businesses receive some money while also saving the shopping for a later time. See if any local business throughout the area offers them, from restaurants to clothing shops.

COVID-19 may have severely disrupted the lives of people in your community, but there are ways to help. These are just some of the solutions that can keep people and businesses going during these times.

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