Insights Into Teens: Episode 68 “Making the Grade during COVID-19”

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic stretches well beyond the devastating impact of the illness itself. The circumstances of quarantine and isolation have far reaching impacts on every facet of life as we know it.

This week we explore the impact on teens and their ability to excel academically. Madison had a few surprisingly low grades that left her concerned and a bit shaken. Blaming herself for failure she was pretty hard on herself for the grades.

We explore the impact that our current conditions play in our teens academic experiences. We look at how our school systems were ill prepared for a massive home schooling push and how our teachers and administrators have done the best under very difficult circumstances.

We’ll also look at just what the impact is to our teens. How having their entire daily routine upset and the stability and focus they derive from a regular schedule can quickly fade away in the less disciplined home schooling situation they’ve found themselves in.

We will also take a look at how teens can get help under these circumstances and explore options to help keep the grades up and to help keep the learning and knowledge flow moving. Everyone understands these are difficult and unusual times, but we will get through this.

Check out our recently published article on this subject available now on Medium.com.

Show notes

  • Introductions
    • Insights Into Teens: Episode 68 “Making the Grade During COVID-19”
    • My mature and responsible co-host Madison Whalen
        
  • Missing The Grade (general discussion)
    • Scored a 67 on a math quiz
    • Scored a 71 on a review
    • Decided not to do the 4th MP project
    • Recommended by guidance counselor for Advanced History and Advanced Science
    • Balance the good with the bad
    • Treat yourself compassionately
    • Learn from your mistakes
    • Work the problem

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  • How COVID-19 Affect Students
    • https://www.childandadolescent.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-high-school-students/
    • https://bit.ly/2ZNcFwQ
      • Disrupted Routines
        • School provides structure and routine to the lives of students. 
        • Following the routine of getting up at a certain time, going to classes at specific times and coming home at a certain time provides a sense of normalcy in their lives.
        • The predictability of knowing that third period math class follows second period history class allows students’ brains to focus on academic content.
        • When schools closed due to COVID-19 students lost this structure and routine.
        • Many were sent home with packets of assignments to complete but it is up to them to decide when and in what order they will do the assignments.
        • At first, this greater amount of freedom and choice feels good – “Finally I get to decide what I want to do!”
        • In a short time though, it is easy to fall behind, to be distracted by other more desirable options or to become bored.
      • Social Interactions
        • For most students school isn’t just about academics, it is also about social interactions.
        • Many friendships started by sitting next to each other in class.
        • The highlight of a student’s day might be walking down a certain hallway between fifth and sixth period because that’s when she can reliably expect to see the person she has a crush on.
        • Groups of friends eat lunch together every day.
        • Through their interactions with teachers and other school personnel young people learn to interact with non-family authority figures.
        • In the hallways and classrooms of their school, young people are exposed to a variety of different cultures, perspectives and ways of living that may be different than their own.
      • Extracurricular Activities
        • Extracurricular activities were also affected by school closures.
        • Many students enjoy participating in sports, music, school plays, robotics and a variety of other activities.
        • Participation in these activities helps students to be more attractive applicants to colleges, universities and future employers.
        • More importantly though, participation in these activities is an important part of students’ identities.
        • They provide a “tribe” of others with whom a common interest and skill set is shared.
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How to Bounce Back from Bad Grades

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/how-to-improve-bad-grades

https://bit.ly/3gy34Ql

Bad grades? It happens.

But one poor test, month, or quarter doesn’t have to sink your GPA.

You can still end the semester where you want to be—if you take action now. 

Check your grades online.

But when you go online, don’t just look at the letter grade.

Really dive in and take a look at each assignment and assess if there’s anything you can do to improve your score.

Are you missing a crucial assignment that you could redo (or maybe you just forgot to turn it in?).

Could you rewrite an essay for more points?

If you correct those math problems, might you get half credit?

Every point counts so figure out what you can do to maximize your total.

It might be easier than you think.
  

Talk to your teacher about extra credit.

Teachers love when students are proactive.

Talk to them about taking on an extra assignment that would help raise your grade.

Extra credit might entail doing something like participating in a science fair, writing an extra essay, or giving a presentation to the class. It never hurts to ask!
  

What else is coming up this semester?

Find out if there’s going to be a major report, project, or test that will impact your grade.

Make sure you are clear on what you need to do to really ace these final assignments to raise the grade as much as possible.
  

Create a solid action plan.

You don’t want to redo or update old work at the expense of new work.

Create a plan that ensures you are staying on top of upcoming deadlines while you take care of work that you might have slacked on earlier in the semester. 

School breaks and vacation days may be a great time to take some looming assignments off your plate and relieve some stress.
  

Consider getting a tutor to finish out the semester.

If you’re overwhelmed by homework stress, this may be the perfect time to get some extra help.

A tutor can help you save your grade and help you make a plan for the rest of the semester.
  

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insightful podcasts by informative hopes

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insights into things a podcast network

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welcome to insights into teens a podcast

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series exploring the issues and

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challenges of today’s youth your hosts

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are Joseph and Madison Whalen a father

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and daughter team making their way

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through the challenges of the teenage

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years

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welcome to insights in the teens this is

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episode 68 making the grade during kovat

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19

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I’m your host Joseph Whalen and my

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mature and responsible co-host Madison

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Whalen hi everyone how we doing this

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week Maddie could be better so this week

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we were scheduled to do another Q&A

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session we had some scholastic news come

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out from from your school and had some

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uh-huh concerns a little bit of drama

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and thought it was worthwhile maybe

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doing a discussion on this we’ve talked

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about him already so nobody’s angry

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nobody’s upset the world is not gonna

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come to an end or anything like that

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so I think it was a interesting life

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lesson for us especially given the

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unusual circumstances so I want to talk

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about that a little bit because I think

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other people may be able to benefit from

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the lessons learned and we’ll talk a

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little bit more about where I think

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those problems came from and and how we

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might be able to help in the future and

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how we might be able to help other

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students out who run into the same type

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of issues so shall we get into it all

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right so we had an incident this week we

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got news from your was it your math

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teacher your advancement advanced math

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teacher that you had got a couple of bad

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scores towards the end of the marking

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period here why don’t you tell us about

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what those scores were and what the

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significance of those scores were well I

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got two bad scores on my chapter review

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and my chapter quiz B

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or the second quiz we took on the

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chapter review I got a 70 and on the

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quiz I got a 69 and and during the

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fourth marketing period our great skill

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changed to where classwork and homework

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were more were worth more than quizzes

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and tests so tests so basically so

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quizzes and tests weren’t as important

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to your grade as they were in the other

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marking periods due to the closure of

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our school and class were counted more

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than any then quiz or test so ultimately

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the bottom line here is this these

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couple of bad grades while we’re enough

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to get you upset are not going to

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adversely affect your grade that much is

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that correct

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and there was another project that you

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could have done but elected not to do

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but it sounds like that wasn’t going to

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really make that much of a difference

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either correct now to balance this out

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it’s worthwhile to talk about the fact

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that you’ve had two other A’s in the

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advanced math class your first marking

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peer was a B followed by two A’s and

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then this one so it’s not like this was

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a disturbing trend and you didn’t go

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downhill there wasn’t anything overly

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dramatic right so you just happen to

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have a couple of bed grades under

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unusual circumstances but the whole

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quarantine and remote learning and

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everything so it’s really nothing to get

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overly upset over now coming the same

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week that we got that news we also got

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news from your guidance counselor and

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your guidance counselor was actually

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recommending that you take advanced

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history in advance

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because of how well you’re doing in

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those subjects tell us how you feel

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about that well um first off I was kind

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of shocked with the fact that mommy had

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gotten a call from her and she told me

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that my history teacher had actually

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recommended me for advanced history and

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just by looking at my grades for science

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she actually recommended that I did

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advanced science now honestly I was

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really jaw dropped the moment I actually

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heard both of them and like literally my

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jaw dropped and I accepted them and I’m

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going to be doing them next year which

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will be a new whole new thing well

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that’s good so you’re taking on a more

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challenging set of classes next year

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because you will recommend them to do so

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it wasn’t even like mommy and daddy were

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pushing you to do it this was you know

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an independent evaluation that came out

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from your teacher and your guidance

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counselor so I think the important

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takeaway from this is to balance the

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good with the bed and I think in this

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case here the bed being these two

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Creed’s is really overshadowed by all

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this other good that came out of this

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school year between the A’s that you’ve

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been getting the fact that you were

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invited to join the National Honor

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Society your teachers and your guidance

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counselor are recommending you for

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advanced classes and you got you know to

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less than stellar grades now when you

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got these grades you were incredibly

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critical of yourself

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tell us about your reaction to that well

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um I was very critical of myself I mean

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in my defense they were in the quiz

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there was like this weird problem to

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where Part A came after parts B and C

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and the graphing confused me

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so well and and I don’t want to dissect

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the mechanics of the issues that you

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might have had I’m more interested to

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hear you know when you reacted to it you

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were very upset about the grades let’s

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talk about that and why you were so

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upset about getting those grades well I

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mean although a 69 is not considered an

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F now it’s more of a D both the grades I

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got with DS um I definitely felt as

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though I could have done better and that

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um I really just let myself down at that

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point and that I would really bring my

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grade down so okay so so you were

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disappointed in yourself you thought you

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could do better also when I heard that

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we were going never talked about it when

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you got home that filled me front with

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anxiety and worry for the rest of the

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day and how did that talk go really uh

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better than I thought you didn’t yell at

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me and how often does daddy yell at you

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not very often right what do we do we

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sat down we talked we tried to figure

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out what the problem was the problem

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work the problem right so this kind of

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goes back to what we were talking about

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in last week’s podcast about you need to

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treat yourself more compassionately

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you’re very hard on yourself I totally

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get the fact that you were disappointed

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you have a very high standard for

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yourself but you don’t want to get to

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the point where you’re getting yourself

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visibly upset because that’s just gonna

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discourage you right so we need to look

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at these positives and these negatives

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and I think the news just this week

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alone between the recommendations for

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the advanced classes versus these two

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less than stellar grades I think the

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positive news came out on top there

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don’t you know so let’s look at it that

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way you know treat yourself compassion

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we balance the good with the bad learn

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from your mistakes so if there’s and

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this is what we tried to do yesterday

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when we talked about this so what did we

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learn now we can kind of talk about the

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specifics of the quiz itself what did

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you learn from exploring these mistakes

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and these problems so far well I learned

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if there’s any other if there’s any if a

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teacher gives you extra credit do it if

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you don’t understand the problem of the

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quiz try and spend a bit more time on it

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just so that you can get it right and if

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you don’t understand something you you

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can you can always ask for help yeah you

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know don’t ever be afraid to ask for

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help the teachers are there to help the

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your parents are here to help these are

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difficult circumstances and in our next

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segment we’re going to kind of talk

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about how operating under these

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quarantine conditions with schools

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shutdown are difficult for teens because

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there’s a lot of things that you’re

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missing out on that help that learning

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process so but I think overall you did

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pretty good and I think we need to work

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on the compassion side of things and we

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have to worry about working the problem

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don’t worry about having a talk with

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Daddy because that talk with Daddy

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ultimately comes down to what do we need

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to do to solve the problem I’m not gonna

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come home in yell at ya I’m not gonna

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beat you or punish you or anything like

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that that’s not how daddy works when

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there’s a problem I’m a problem solver

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when there’s a problem

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let’s work the problem let’s come up

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with a solution right you say another

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worry about me coming home from work and

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having a talk that talk is going to be a

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positive talk it’s always going to be a

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positive talk you know I have enough

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respect for you as an individual to know

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that you’re doing your best if something

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goes off the rails for a little bit we

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just help you get them back on

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crack you’re a pretty responsible

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thirteen-year-old you’re very

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intelligent you exceed my expectations

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and once in a while a bad grade comes

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along let’s figure out how it happened

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let’s try to work that problem nobody

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expects you to be perfect so you

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shouldn’t expect yourself to be perfect

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okay yeah you actually said that if I

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was perfect I would scare you yeah it

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would it would so now that we got that

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out let’s take a quick break we’ll come

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back and we’ll talk about some of the

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all right so let me adjust your camera

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angle here we kind of fixed that a

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little bit during the break there we go

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so kovat 19 so we’ve been in quarantine

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for several months now and that’s had a

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significant effect it has it has had an

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effect scholastically it’s had an effect

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mentally it’s had an effect physically

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on people and I and I suspect or I

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attribute some of that effect to the

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issue that you had with your grades here

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because largely your teacher is absent

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you know it’s not the same type of

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situation as you had before so before I

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get into the details of this article

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give me a rundown of what it’s like

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homeschooling now or remote schooling

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and what route what what’s different for

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you and what do you find to be difficult

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about it well one thing I’ve definitely

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noticed um my routine was I go to bed a

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little later I wake up pretty early I go

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and eat um breakfast I brush my teeth I

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put on a jacket and socks if I didn’t

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already have watch some on and then I

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would go to my computer and do whatever

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work I needed to do for the day and

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around 12 o’clock me and mommy would

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break for lunch and then afterwards if I

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still had schoolwork I would go back to

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that and then when I was done I would

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let mommy know and then I would just

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take some leisure time okay fair enough

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but there was one thing I did notice

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that was going at um actually changed my

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schedule I was getting a lot lazier as

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the months went on I remember I used to

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bring my laptop down to the kitchen and

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after lunch I would take a break and do

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some just stands to get active but as

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the months went on I stopped doing just

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a

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and eventually I stopped bringing my

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computer down to the kitchen and I just

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worked in my bedroom so tell me how

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communication with your teacher work did

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you have direct communication were you

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doing conference calls or Xoom calls was

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it just email was the teacher just

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posting assignments like how is the

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teacher teaching the classes during this

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time period are you but well a big part

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of our learning came from Google Google

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classroom and when they would post

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assignments there was like two different

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comment sections they were class

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comments or private comments that was

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only you and the teacher and whenever I

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had a question I’ll go to private

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comments on these certain assignment

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that I had the question on and asked

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them and depending how long it took for

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them to reply I would get a reply open

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later and then if I needed to reply

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again then I would so was the teacher

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actually doing instructional videos

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where she lecturing was there any kind

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of direct interaction with the teacher

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as you guys went through lessons or were

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you basically just told here go read

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these pages or go do these assignments

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and then report them back in well I mean

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it was different with all with my all my

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teachers most of them never really did

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any video thing other than my art

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teacher she I think was the only one who

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did that but my math teacher gave us two

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assignments each day one was to read and

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take notes on pages answer a few

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questions and then do an assignment and

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submit it and then the other one was to

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do an IDI puzzle video and answer the

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questions online at puzzle was basically

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a thing that my math and science teacher

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used when we would watch a video based

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on the current sub I don’t know subject

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we were learning at that time and then

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there were questions that you had to

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answer while watching the video so II D

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puzzle was basically a thing that my

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math teacher and science teacher used to

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help us better understand the lessons

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they were teaching us so now how do

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is that differ than if you were sitting

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fast does the teacher if you’re in class

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does the teacher normally get up in

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front of the class and go over lessons

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in lecture and teach or was it more

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hands-off kind of like this distance

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learning with my math teacher was most

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well with my math teacher it was most of

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the class was with actually lecturing us

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about the lesson and then we’d have a

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bit of time we complete an assignment

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and then we had a bit of time to do our

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homework but most of the classing

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consisted of her teaching us and

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lecturing us so having gone from that to

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really what had to have been a huge

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culture shock of this distance learning

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where you didn’t have that hands-on

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lecturing and teaching from the teacher

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how did that affect you and how did that

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affect your ability to pick up new

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concepts and to understand you know

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let’s just confine it the math at this

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point but how did that affect your

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ability to understand the math lessons

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that you were dealing with at that point

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we were doing it remotely well a good

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example of this was when I was learning

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about square roots at first I had no

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idea what they were talking about I had

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no idea what square roots were it was

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like the beginning of the 14th lesson I

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think and I had no idea what square

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roots were and I had no idea how to take

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notes on them so I had to turn to mommy

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for that one and she was able to help me

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out with that she was able to decode it

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in a way that I wasn’t able to see

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before

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so that was one of the lessons I needed

0:20:08.919,0:20:16.139
her help on so it sounds like you and

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probably a lot of students out there

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supplement it what the teachers were

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giving you with parental guidance and

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the parents really took on the roles of

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the teachers that a fair assessment I

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think so yeah especially if like your

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parents are

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home and you don’t know the answer to

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something that your teacher would have

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told you before I definitely think the

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students would definitely seek their

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parental guidance for that help

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understood okay that’s and that’s kind

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of I guess kind of what I was getting at

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was that these grades aren’t necessarily

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reflective of you and your effort there

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are reflected they’re reflective of a

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system that broke down during this whole

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process you weren’t getting the

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instruction you need it you didn’t have

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the resources that you need it to go and

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get the help that you want it you’re

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basically left to fend for yourself and

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you know these two low grades were

0:21:16.690,0:21:22.050
probably a direct result of that so but

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the one thing I did want to talk about

0:21:22.050,0:21:30.300
was how kovat 19 affects students and it

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affects him in a lot of different ways

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the research I did today comes from

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website called child and adolescent org

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it was a very interesting work up

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because they weren’t in the detail about

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different grades and stuff like that but

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I sort of grabbed just the highlights

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and I wanted to talk about this and see

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if these things that they’re saying

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affect the students actually had the

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same negative effect on you so the one

0:21:55.090,0:22:00.640
thing they talk about is disrupted

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routines and you’ve mentioned that

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already they say school provides

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structure and routine to the lives of

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students following the routine of

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getting up at a certain time going to

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classes at specific times and coming

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home at a certain time provides a sense

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of normalcy in their lives the

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predictability of knowing that third

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period math class follows second period

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history class allows students brains to

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focus on academic content when schools

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closed due to kovat 19 students lost

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this structure and routine do you feel

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that you had that that structure and

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routine in place and that it was helpful

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to you and and if well do you feel like

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you had that in place prior to the shut

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yes I definitely feel like that I

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definitely like took account to how you

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mentioned that you knew that second

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period history was before third period

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math and it basically got our minds too

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real to get ourselves prepared for

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mm-hmm the different the subject that we

0:23:10.040,0:23:17.090
were learning at that um at a certain

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time or in a certain period so I

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definitely feel as though it’s affected

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me in that way so since working you know

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with school from home remotely did you

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or do you try to keep to some sort of

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routine where you’re doing things for a

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certain period of time you set a timer

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you do this work you’ve that timer goes

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off it’s time to go to the next class

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did you try to keep that same structure

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or was it just scattershot approach

0:23:43.640,0:23:47.630
where you’re going off and doing you

0:23:46.340,0:23:50.210
know getting all the low-hanging fruit

0:23:47.630,0:23:51.790
and saving all the difficult assignments

0:23:50.210,0:23:54.670
for later like what was your methodology

0:23:51.790,0:23:57.800
well in the beginning I had the

0:23:54.670,0:24:00.050
intention of splitting my day into

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periods for the different amounts of

0:24:00.050,0:24:12.320
work I had um and when it came and as

0:24:08.560,0:24:17.900
the months went on I kind of drifted

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away from that kind of a time period

0:24:17.900,0:24:23.720
because I noticed when I was doing math

0:24:20.090,0:24:29.210
it took me a lot longer than the time I

0:24:23.720,0:24:32.960
had and but for some reason even after I

0:24:29.210,0:24:37.760
abandoned that schedule I still went on

0:24:32.960,0:24:41.510
with math first just I don’t know it was

0:24:37.760,0:24:44.870
I just kept doing it like that and also

0:24:41.510,0:24:48.740
my teachers posted at different times so

0:24:44.870,0:24:50.330
that also kind of screwed it up okay one

0:24:48.740,0:24:53.870
of the other things that they talk about

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is that when schools shut down children

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or students were sent home

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with packets of assignments and

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basically told they need to complete

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them but it was up to them to decide

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when and in what or that they do the

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assignments and some kids at first

0:25:10.820,0:25:16.529
thought the greater amount of freedom

0:25:13.049,0:25:18.450
and choices felt great you know there

0:25:16.529,0:25:23.039
was one quote saying you know fine Meg I

0:25:18.450,0:25:26.549
get to decide what I want to do but in a

0:25:23.039,0:25:29.190
short time they fall behind they become

0:25:26.549,0:25:31.309
distracted there’s other things or

0:25:29.190,0:25:39.419
desirable things to grab their attention

0:25:31.309,0:25:42.059
did you get a sense of freedom when you

0:25:39.419,0:25:43.860
when you start to work from home or was

0:25:42.059,0:25:46.710
did you immediately start to miss that

0:25:43.860,0:25:49.169
structured approach I mean I can’t I

0:25:46.710,0:25:52.380
kind of had that structured approach

0:25:49.169,0:25:55.200
like okay I know what I need to do in

0:25:52.380,0:25:57.269
this amount of time and when I have the

0:25:55.200,0:25:59.880
free time I can work on other stuff that

0:25:57.269,0:26:02.100
I need to do so in the beginning I

0:25:59.880,0:26:06.630
definitely knew that I didn’t fall

0:26:02.100,0:26:08.940
behind everything seemed okay until my

0:26:06.630,0:26:11.880
attention span got the best of me my

0:26:08.940,0:26:14.730
attention span started getting lower as

0:26:11.880,0:26:17.250
the asite as the as I kept getting

0:26:14.730,0:26:20.580
assignments I kind of got tired

0:26:17.250,0:26:22.500
especially I definitely noticed it when

0:26:20.580,0:26:24.299
I was doing math because I was doing

0:26:22.500,0:26:27.029
basically the same thing over and over

0:26:24.299,0:26:29.130
just with different lessons and it

0:26:27.029,0:26:32.250
honestly started to get my attention

0:26:29.130,0:26:34.350
span started getting a little lower then

0:26:32.250,0:26:35.789
that makes perfect sense you get bored

0:26:34.350,0:26:38.039
doing the same thing over and over and

0:26:35.789,0:26:40.590
you’re not challenged which is

0:26:38.039,0:26:42.269
ironically exactly why mommy and daddy

0:26:40.590,0:26:43.769
wanted you to go into the advanced math

0:26:42.269,0:26:45.919
class so that your words challenged

0:26:43.769,0:26:48.059
because we don’t want you getting bored

0:26:45.919,0:26:50.519
the next thing that they actually talked

0:26:48.059,0:26:54.720
about that kids are missing out on is

0:26:50.519,0:26:56.789
social interactions most students for

0:26:54.720,0:26:59.190
most students school isn’t just about

0:26:56.789,0:27:02.279
academics and we’ve talked about this as

0:26:59.190,0:27:05.220
well it’s also about social interactions

0:27:02.279,0:27:07.660
many friendships start by sitting next

0:27:05.220,0:27:09.790
to each other in class

0:27:07.660,0:27:12.610
groups of friends eat lunch together

0:27:09.790,0:27:14.430
every day their interactions with

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teachers and other school personnel

0:27:14.430,0:27:20.890
teach young people to interact with

0:27:17.590,0:27:22.840
non-family authority figures and the

0:27:20.890,0:27:25.150
hallways and classrooms of their school

0:27:22.840,0:27:27.460
young people are exposed of a variety of

0:27:25.150,0:27:29.800
different cultures perspectives and ways

0:27:27.460,0:27:32.020
of living that may be different than

0:27:29.800,0:27:34.420
their own and you’re missing out on all

0:27:32.020,0:27:36.580
this stuff how how much of an impact is

0:27:34.420,0:27:41.380
that lack of social interaction having

0:27:36.580,0:27:47.020
on you both academically and mentally

0:27:41.380,0:27:52.240
and mood-wise well even when I was in

0:27:47.020,0:27:54.610
school I wasn’t very social um when at

0:27:52.240,0:27:57.250
lunch I only really had one friend that

0:27:54.610,0:27:58.870
i sat with and that was it

0:27:57.250,0:28:05.020
I never really talked to anyone else at

0:27:58.870,0:28:06.940
my table so um I did talk to some people

0:28:05.020,0:28:08.560
during some weight classes like there

0:28:06.940,0:28:12.090
was this one girl that sat next to in my

0:28:08.560,0:28:15.490
history class who every day we um

0:28:12.090,0:28:16.990
especially by as this as we got later

0:28:15.490,0:28:19.150
into the school year when we were still

0:28:16.990,0:28:22.300
in school we started saying hello to

0:28:19.150,0:28:25.510
each other when we got in and sat next

0:28:22.300,0:28:27.880
to each other so I guess it was kind of

0:28:25.510,0:28:29.260
that whole most friendships start by

0:28:27.880,0:28:32.620
just sitting next to each other in class

0:28:29.260,0:28:36.640
I guess it was that kind of thing um and

0:28:32.620,0:28:40.530
I mean I I also walked like my friend

0:28:36.640,0:28:43.180
Mariah who I’ve known for many years now

0:28:40.530,0:28:44.800
she we would meet up at my locker if I

0:28:43.180,0:28:46.930
needed anything it would mainly be my

0:28:44.800,0:28:49.120
jacket because it was still cold out by

0:28:46.930,0:28:51.190
the time we were in school and we would

0:28:49.120,0:28:54.910
walk to our buses together and talk

0:28:51.190,0:28:57.430
about how it days were so I guess I do

0:28:54.910,0:29:00.850
miss going to lunch

0:28:57.430,0:29:04.060
saying hi to the girl in my history

0:29:00.850,0:29:04.780
class and um walking to the buses with

0:29:04.060,0:29:06.280
Mariah

0:29:04.780,0:29:08.920
I guess those were the social

0:29:06.280,0:29:11.200
interactions for me that um I just kind

0:29:08.920,0:29:14.350
of missed out on okay so it does sound

0:29:11.200,0:29:16.480
like there is some impact there but it

0:29:14.350,0:29:19.320
doesn’t sound like it’s dramatic

0:29:16.480,0:29:21.460
not as to which I think is good I mean

0:29:19.320,0:29:24.129
you know I joke around with the people

0:29:21.460,0:29:27.100
at work all the time right you know I’m

0:29:24.129,0:29:29.049
still going into the office most of my

0:29:27.100,0:29:31.960
staff in New Jersey here is working

0:29:29.049,0:29:35.710
remotely and they ask me on a regular

0:29:31.960,0:29:39.100
basis you know how you holding up that’s

0:29:35.710,0:29:42.489
quarantine going and my response to them

0:29:39.100,0:29:45.639
was well I was an introvert and

0:29:42.489,0:29:47.139
anti-social to begin with really hasn’t

0:29:45.639,0:29:48.580
changed all that much you know I didn’t

0:29:47.139,0:29:49.840
talk to a lot of people during a day and

0:29:48.580,0:29:52.720
I still don’t talk to a lot of people

0:29:49.840,0:29:55.090
during a day so yeah you’re not overly

0:29:52.720,0:29:57.249
social it’s it’s not that big of an

0:29:55.090,0:29:59.019
impact yeah I definitely think the

0:29:57.249,0:30:02.049
introverts during quarantine at this

0:29:59.019,0:30:03.669
point nothing really changed for them

0:30:02.049,0:30:05.830
they never really talked to a lot of

0:30:03.669,0:30:07.539
people and if anything they’re happy

0:30:05.830,0:30:09.999
that they have more time at home because

0:30:07.539,0:30:11.619
now they don’t have to socialize with

0:30:09.999,0:30:13.419
the people they don’t want to socialize

0:30:11.619,0:30:15.070
with or see the people that they really

0:30:13.419,0:30:16.659
don’t want to see at school and now they

0:30:15.070,0:30:19.629
have more time to play games

0:30:16.659,0:30:21.940
draw watch their favorite TV shows watch

0:30:19.629,0:30:23.859
more movies yeah I mean I’ve got less

0:30:21.940,0:30:27.429
people bothering me in my office the

0:30:23.859,0:30:28.840
traffic levels are better I go out the

0:30:27.429,0:30:31.269
lunch hours went out to lunch by myself

0:30:28.840,0:30:34.480
so I’m not missing out on anything there

0:30:31.269,0:30:36.129
so you know for me it’s not that big of

0:30:34.480,0:30:37.690
a big of a deal but you know there’s

0:30:36.129,0:30:39.850
people like mommy and mommy is a very

0:30:37.690,0:30:42.730
social person she has her things that

0:30:39.850,0:30:44.679
she does with her friends and the

0:30:42.730,0:30:46.659
inability to get out of the house and do

0:30:44.679,0:30:49.570
that I think where is on people there

0:30:46.659,0:30:51.639
that are more social so fortunately it’s

0:30:49.570,0:30:53.919
not having that negative an impact on

0:30:51.639,0:30:57.489
your schoolwork the last thing that they

0:30:53.919,0:31:00.309
talk about kids missing out on is one

0:30:57.489,0:31:01.590
that probably again is not going to have

0:31:00.309,0:31:04.320
a huge impact on you and that’s

0:31:01.590,0:31:06.519
extracurricular activities

0:31:04.320,0:31:08.259
extracurricular activities who are

0:31:06.519,0:31:11.230
affected by school closures many

0:31:08.259,0:31:15.119
students enjoy participating in sports

0:31:11.230,0:31:18.090
music school plays robotics and a

0:31:15.119,0:31:20.080
variety of other activities

0:31:18.090,0:31:23.169
participation in these activities helps

0:31:20.080,0:31:25.059
students to be more proactive how help

0:31:23.169,0:31:27.580
to be more attractive applicants to

0:31:25.059,0:31:30.140
colleges universities and future

0:31:27.580,0:31:32.420
employers although most of that would

0:31:30.140,0:31:34.580
don’t worry about it your age more

0:31:32.420,0:31:36.770
importantly participation in these

0:31:34.580,0:31:39.770
activities is an important part of a

0:31:36.770,0:31:41.690
student’s identities now you’ve not been

0:31:39.770,0:31:45.080
involved in extracurricular activities

0:31:41.690,0:31:48.590
outside of you know Dan the Freelander

0:31:45.080,0:31:50.270
right we missed out on all they’re

0:31:48.590,0:31:51.920
getting into the different clubs this

0:31:50.270,0:31:53.360
year but we were hoping to get into them

0:31:51.920,0:31:57.020
next year I don’t know how that’s gonna

0:31:53.360,0:31:59.840
work out with all this stuff so while

0:31:57.020,0:32:02.300
this might not have that negative an

0:31:59.840,0:32:04.280
impact on you because you weren’t that

0:32:02.300,0:32:06.680
involved in extracurricular activities

0:32:04.280,0:32:09.050
there are kids out there I’m sure you

0:32:06.680,0:32:11.990
know kids in school who are in every

0:32:09.050,0:32:13.970
group and you know when one sport ends

0:32:11.990,0:32:16.280
dig in and the next spore and they you

0:32:13.970,0:32:19.790
know they’re in all kinds of things and

0:32:16.280,0:32:21.260
that’s a lot of lot to do with who they

0:32:19.790,0:32:24.470
are and the type of student that they

0:32:21.260,0:32:26.750
are so you know it’s worthwhile to keep

0:32:24.470,0:32:32.750
in mind the impact that that has on the

0:32:26.750,0:32:34.670
students so that’s sort of what we’re

0:32:32.750,0:32:37.430
facing right now and I wanted to throw

0:32:34.670,0:32:39.530
that information out there because it’s

0:32:37.430,0:32:40.910
important for you to recognize that even

0:32:39.530,0:32:45.190
though you may have gotten some bad

0:32:40.910,0:32:49.130
grades that you didn’t get them under

0:32:45.190,0:32:53.240
ideal or even normal circumstances so

0:32:49.130,0:32:54.320
you’re as much a victim of kovat and the

0:32:53.240,0:32:56.560
impact that it’s having you

0:32:54.320,0:32:59.210
scholastically with those grades as

0:32:56.560,0:33:02.600
someone who got sick from the disease

0:32:59.210,0:33:04.460
too so it is having a negative impact so

0:33:02.600,0:33:06.920
I don’t want you again this goes back to

0:33:04.460,0:33:08.810
the whole compassion thing I don’t want

0:33:06.920,0:33:10.580
you to be so hard on yourself to think

0:33:08.810,0:33:13.970
that you’re a failure for getting these

0:33:10.580,0:33:19.270
two bad grades because those grades came

0:33:13.970,0:33:21.980
as a byproduct of this very unusual very

0:33:19.270,0:33:24.890
disrupted routine that you’ve been

0:33:21.980,0:33:28.370
forced to endure so it’s important to

0:33:24.890,0:33:29.780
keep that in mind we’re going to take a

0:33:28.370,0:33:31.370
quick break we’re going to come back and

0:33:29.780,0:33:33.740
we’re going to talk about how to bounce

0:33:31.370,0:33:35.690
back from bad grades

0:33:33.740,0:33:38.600
and some of this it’s a lot of its

0:33:35.690,0:33:41.770
timing but some of it has to you know it

0:33:38.600,0:33:43.580
will apply in this specific case but a

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so bouncing back from bad grades

0:34:56.190,0:35:03.120
now I’ll offer a bit of a confession

0:34:59.730,0:35:07.230
here I had bad grades when I was in

0:35:03.120,0:35:12.890
school too ironically math was probably

0:35:07.230,0:35:14.970
my weakest subject so some of these

0:35:12.890,0:35:19.980
suggestions here probably would have

0:35:14.970,0:35:22.380
helped me the website I used for this

0:35:19.980,0:35:25.740
section of the research was called the

0:35:22.380,0:35:27.930
Princeton Review dot-com and again this

0:35:25.740,0:35:30.210
dealt more with college-level stuff but

0:35:27.930,0:35:35.430
I pulled the stuff out that was really

0:35:30.210,0:35:38.850
relevant to any grade level first thing

0:35:35.430,0:35:42.450
they say is bad grades it happens right

0:35:38.850,0:35:44.850
not everyone gets perfect grades you may

0:35:42.450,0:35:48.360
show up for a test or a quiz one day and

0:35:44.850,0:35:49.890
you may just be having a bad day you may

0:35:48.360,0:35:51.810
have been up late you may not be feeling

0:35:49.890,0:35:55.880
good there may be something going on in

0:35:51.810,0:35:58.950
your life and you don’t score very well

0:35:55.880,0:36:03.360
fortunately your entire grade doesn’t

0:35:58.950,0:36:06.090
come down to one grade so it’s not the

0:36:03.360,0:36:10.710
end of the world the next thing they

0:36:06.090,0:36:13.860
talk about is one for tests or one for

0:36:10.710,0:36:16.980
month or quarter doesn’t sink your GPA

0:36:13.860,0:36:18.720
your grade point average you can still

0:36:16.980,0:36:20.670
end a semester or where you want to be

0:36:18.720,0:36:23.040
if you take action and there’s certain

0:36:20.670,0:36:25.650
actions that you can take and the one

0:36:23.040,0:36:27.270
that they tell you to take first and

0:36:25.650,0:36:29.190
foremost which is one that we do

0:36:27.270,0:36:33.000
frequently is check your grades online

0:36:29.190,0:36:37.140
and they say don’t just look at the

0:36:33.000,0:36:40.230
letter grade really dive into the grade

0:36:37.140,0:36:41.430
take a look at each assignment and see

0:36:40.230,0:36:43.800
if there’s something you can do to

0:36:41.430,0:36:47.400
improve your score some teachers will

0:36:43.800,0:36:50.370
allow you to resubmit certain

0:36:47.400,0:36:52.170
assignments some teachers will give you

0:36:50.370,0:36:56.070
the ability to get extra credit if they

0:36:52.170,0:36:58.230
know that you’re trying you know

0:36:56.070,0:37:00.660
are you missing crucial assignments that

0:36:58.230,0:37:02.460
you could redo maybe you forgot to turn

0:37:00.660,0:37:04.079
something and maybe you had a tactic

0:37:02.460,0:37:06.660
you look you have with your band stuff

0:37:04.079,0:37:10.559
where you went to submit it and it

0:37:06.660,0:37:12.540
didn’t go through maybe you could

0:37:10.559,0:37:15.750
correct math problems on an assignment

0:37:12.540,0:37:17.609
or on a quiz and maybe get half credit

0:37:15.750,0:37:20.369
point is if you don’t ask you won’t

0:37:17.609,0:37:23.400
you’ll never get it so it doesn’t hurt

0:37:20.369,0:37:27.510
to ask which you did you know you asked

0:37:23.400,0:37:29.280
your your math teacher if you could do

0:37:27.510,0:37:32.220
that extra credit

0:37:29.280,0:37:34.230
have you ever reached out like that in

0:37:32.220,0:37:37.380
the past to teachers where you think you

0:37:34.230,0:37:39.329
were maybe not doing so well because I

0:37:37.380,0:37:42.020
know you had some issues in the first

0:37:39.329,0:37:44.190
marking period with math do you feel

0:37:42.020,0:37:46.619
comfortable enough reaching out to a

0:37:44.190,0:37:49.470
teacher and asking for extra credit or

0:37:46.619,0:37:51.930
asking to improve yourself well I find

0:37:49.470,0:37:55.460
myself now at this point when I just

0:37:51.930,0:37:57.780
asked them taking like not in person

0:37:55.460,0:38:00.329
easier than when I would ask them in

0:37:57.780,0:38:03.059
person because one I felt like I was

0:38:00.329,0:38:04.559
bothering them and two I felt like it

0:38:03.059,0:38:08.849
was simple enough and I should have

0:38:04.559,0:38:12.799
understood it so yeah well they do go on

0:38:08.849,0:38:15.599
to say that talking about extra credit

0:38:12.799,0:38:17.579
most teachers love when students are

0:38:15.599,0:38:20.819
proactive so you if you go to your

0:38:17.579,0:38:24.569
teacher and you ask for more or you ask

0:38:20.819,0:38:26.640
for ways to improve or explain that

0:38:24.569,0:38:29.849
you’re having difficulty and you ask for

0:38:26.640,0:38:32.099
help a teacher is gonna be far more

0:38:29.849,0:38:35.609
receptive if you come to them with it

0:38:32.099,0:38:38.160
then if you don’t and your performance

0:38:35.609,0:38:39.450
drops off because then the teacher

0:38:38.160,0:38:41.910
doesn’t know what the problem is the

0:38:39.450,0:38:43.859
feature might think oh well you know

0:38:41.910,0:38:45.270
she’s not paying attention or she’s not

0:38:43.859,0:38:47.549
getting enough sleep because she’s

0:38:45.270,0:38:49.609
dozing off in class or she’s passing

0:38:47.549,0:38:52.680
notes or she’s talking to her friends

0:38:49.609,0:38:54.119
the teacher has to kind of piece things

0:38:52.680,0:38:55.319
together at that point in time but when

0:38:54.119,0:38:58.589
you come to the teacher you’re saying

0:38:55.319,0:39:00.210
miss so-and-so you know is there any

0:38:58.589,0:39:03.480
extra credit we can do I know I didn’t

0:39:00.210,0:39:05.520
do so well on this quiz I’m having

0:39:03.480,0:39:07.650
trouble with this particular concept

0:39:05.520,0:39:10.049
I just I’m having trouble with square

0:39:07.650,0:39:11.250
roots is there is there any additional

0:39:10.049,0:39:15.119
help I can get is there any other

0:39:11.250,0:39:16.260
reference material and the teachers are

0:39:15.119,0:39:17.940
there to help you

0:39:16.260,0:39:20.970
that’s the number one thing you have to

0:39:17.940,0:39:22.500
remember it’s their job for you to learn

0:39:20.970,0:39:24.300
if you don’t learn them they’re not

0:39:22.500,0:39:28.170
doing their job and it reflects poorly

0:39:24.300,0:39:30.720
on them teachers evaluations are based

0:39:28.170,0:39:32.640
on their students scores so they don’t

0:39:30.720,0:39:35.250
want kids to come out of their class

0:39:32.640,0:39:39.119
with bad grades they want you to learn

0:39:35.250,0:39:41.760
they want you to know the concepts so a

0:39:39.119,0:39:44.490
teacher is going to be very interested

0:39:41.760,0:39:45.690
in helping you you’re not bothering them

0:39:44.490,0:39:48.710
they’ll never think you’re bothering

0:39:45.690,0:39:51.270
your teacher by asking stuff like this

0:39:48.710,0:39:53.700
an extra credit is something that they

0:39:51.270,0:39:55.260
can always tack on and chances are they

0:39:53.700,0:39:58.740
will and they’ll make it available to

0:39:55.260,0:40:00.450
other kids so when you ask you could be

0:39:58.740,0:40:03.119
helping other kids who need that extra

0:40:00.450,0:40:07.109
credit too and it’s the other thing to

0:40:03.119,0:40:10.410
keep in mind the next thing we talk

0:40:07.109,0:40:13.440
about is what’s coming up this semester

0:40:10.410,0:40:16.200
is there going to be a major report or a

0:40:13.440,0:40:19.410
project or a test that will impact your

0:40:16.200,0:40:22.350
grades so sort of feel out what’s coming

0:40:19.410,0:40:25.170
up make sure you’re clear on what you

0:40:22.350,0:40:27.900
need to do to really a STIs final

0:40:25.170,0:40:29.190
assignments and raise that grade so

0:40:27.900,0:40:31.800
maybe if you would ask more questions

0:40:29.190,0:40:34.560
about the project that was an optional

0:40:31.800,0:40:36.359
project maybe we would have gotten a

0:40:34.560,0:40:38.070
better understanding of how important it

0:40:36.359,0:40:39.510
was and how much it was going to help

0:40:38.070,0:40:42.450
the grade and if there’s anything else

0:40:39.510,0:40:45.750
that we could do does your teacher

0:40:42.450,0:40:48.570
normally provide you with extra credit

0:40:45.750,0:40:49.920
or these optional projects to help raise

0:40:48.570,0:40:53.070
your grade do you get that a lot in

0:40:49.920,0:40:55.410
school no actually not I mean my teacher

0:40:53.070,0:40:57.450
would always have my math teacher at

0:40:55.410,0:40:59.010
least would always have like whenever

0:40:57.450,0:41:00.900
you did a test a quiz there was always

0:40:59.010,0:41:02.760
like an extra credit question worth

0:41:00.900,0:41:04.850
however many points to help boost up

0:41:02.760,0:41:10.920
your grade that you would be able to do

0:41:04.850,0:41:12.180
and it would definitely help some it

0:41:10.920,0:41:14.100
would definitely help me whenever I

0:41:12.180,0:41:15.750
would do them because no matter how many

0:41:14.100,0:41:18.240
points I was able to get it definitely

0:41:15.750,0:41:20.880
helped raise my grade up if I didn’t do

0:41:18.240,0:41:22.290
as well as if I didn’t get a perfect

0:41:20.880,0:41:24.150
grade on it then it would have

0:41:22.290,0:41:29.520
definitely helped me raise my grade for

0:41:24.150,0:41:32.670
it but going online there wasn’t a lot

0:41:29.520,0:41:35.340
of extra credit and the projects were

0:41:32.670,0:41:39.000
not optional back and for the three

0:41:35.340,0:41:41.100
marking periods so so you would you

0:41:39.000,0:41:44.160
normally would to avail yourself of the

0:41:41.100,0:41:45.060
extra credit when I was available is

0:41:44.160,0:41:49.080
that correct

0:41:45.060,0:41:53.370
I see okay well they go on the same

0:41:49.080,0:41:56.880
create a solid action plan they say find

0:41:53.370,0:41:59.190
out you know you don’t want to redo or

0:41:56.880,0:42:01.890
update all work at the expense of new

0:41:59.190,0:42:03.930
work so even he can go back and redo a

0:42:01.890,0:42:05.910
little quiz you might not want to do

0:42:03.930,0:42:08.880
that if it’s gonna affect anything new

0:42:05.910,0:42:11.040
that’s coming across your desk create a

0:42:08.880,0:42:13.710
plan that ensures you’re staying on top

0:42:11.040,0:42:15.720
of upcoming deadlines while you take

0:42:13.710,0:42:18.090
care of work that you might have slacked

0:42:15.720,0:42:20.670
earlier in a semester so if you get a

0:42:18.090,0:42:22.140
chance to make up work take advantage of

0:42:20.670,0:42:25.560
that but make sure you know what’s

0:42:22.140,0:42:28.800
coming up and make sure you’ve got time

0:42:25.560,0:42:30.320
scheduled for that so again one of these

0:42:28.800,0:42:32.370
things where if you’re dealing with

0:42:30.320,0:42:35.160
extracurricular activities make sure you

0:42:32.370,0:42:38.520
balance that out well don’t don’t be

0:42:35.160,0:42:40.650
taking on projects or assignments that

0:42:38.520,0:42:43.050
you can’t do because you know your

0:42:40.650,0:42:46.380
schedule doesn’t permit them so that’s

0:42:43.050,0:42:51.570
important too and school breaks and

0:42:46.380,0:42:54.210
vacation days may be a great time to get

0:42:51.570,0:42:57.300
some of those projects off your plate

0:42:54.210,0:42:59.450
you’ve been very good about managing and

0:42:57.300,0:43:02.760
budgeting your time and you have off

0:42:59.450,0:43:05.580
during the school year and I think that

0:43:02.760,0:43:09.030
lack of structure may be having a

0:43:05.580,0:43:10.500
negative impact now because you know now

0:43:09.030,0:43:12.180
you’re just assignment assignment

0:43:10.500,0:43:15.810
assignment you get dining and you’re

0:43:12.180,0:43:19.350
done and by noon you know school’s over

0:43:15.810,0:43:21.690
for you so it’s in that lack of

0:43:19.350,0:43:24.960
structure I think is having an impact on

0:43:21.690,0:43:27.420
the scheduling abilities and the last

0:43:24.960,0:43:29.010
thing that they have here is one that I

0:43:27.420,0:43:30.540
don’t think you’re anywhere close to

0:43:29.010,0:43:33.000
needing but there’s nothing wrong with

0:43:30.540,0:43:36.390
it and that’s to consider getting a

0:43:33.000,0:43:38.510
tutor to finish out the semester so if

0:43:36.390,0:43:41.240
you are struggling with things

0:43:38.510,0:43:43.520
and you’ve acted as a tutor to other

0:43:41.240,0:43:46.430
kids in the past and you help them with

0:43:43.520,0:43:48.260
things so even if it’s another peer in

0:43:46.430,0:43:51.860
your class and you’re having trouble

0:43:48.260,0:43:55.460
with square roots for instance this is

0:43:51.860,0:43:58.460
why it’s important to be social with

0:43:55.460,0:44:00.200
your your fellow students because there

0:43:58.460,0:44:01.850
are people that know things and can

0:44:00.200,0:44:04.520
comprehend things better than you can

0:44:01.850,0:44:06.020
and they can help you you can help them

0:44:04.520,0:44:11.720
they can help you it’s a two-way

0:44:06.020,0:44:17.030
exchange is there a lot of tutoring that

0:44:11.720,0:44:20.840
happens in your school um well there is

0:44:17.030,0:44:25.870
P o P that we had which I completely

0:44:20.840,0:44:29.480
forget what it stands for now yeah that

0:44:25.870,0:44:32.960
where when we would go to our homeroom

0:44:29.480,0:44:35.270
and if we ever needed to make up a test

0:44:32.960,0:44:37.450
or needed help from a certain teacher we

0:44:35.270,0:44:39.650
were able to get a pass and go to that

0:44:37.450,0:44:43.130
classroom so that we could get the extra

0:44:39.650,0:44:45.440
help we need it so the possibility is

0:44:43.130,0:44:47.960
there to to get that extra help and

0:44:45.440,0:44:50.600
that’s that’s important and I think a

0:44:47.960,0:44:53.750
lot of kids need to take a look at that

0:44:50.600,0:44:56.210
option but really a lot of it comes down

0:44:53.750,0:44:57.620
to just hard work you know putting in

0:44:56.210,0:44:59.930
the effort putting in the time which

0:44:57.620,0:45:02.390
it’s never been anything that you’ve had

0:44:59.930,0:45:04.880
an issue with and that’s why I’m pretty

0:45:02.390,0:45:08.300
sure that the the grades that you got

0:45:04.880,0:45:12.920
that were less than stellar this marking

0:45:08.300,0:45:16.640
period 90% of that can probably be

0:45:12.920,0:45:18.500
attributed to the circumstances it’s

0:45:16.640,0:45:19.310
very uncharacteristic for you to get

0:45:18.500,0:45:24.530
something like that

0:45:19.310,0:45:28.280
there isn’t a demonstrably pattern of

0:45:24.530,0:45:32.350
this that’s emerging here you’ve had one

0:45:28.280,0:45:34.850
quiz in a chapter summary that was bad

0:45:32.350,0:45:37.460
so I wouldn’t be overly concerned and

0:45:34.850,0:45:40.280
I’m not you know as your father I’m not

0:45:37.460,0:45:43.280
concerned about you academically at this

0:45:40.280,0:45:48.020
point in time so you need to not have

0:45:43.280,0:45:50.870
that’s that cloud hanging over you I

0:45:48.020,0:45:52.260
know it still bothers you but you kind

0:45:50.870,0:45:55.500
of have to realize

0:45:52.260,0:45:58.890
this problem derived from the fact that

0:45:55.500,0:46:02.280
I don’t have a teacher you know I mean

0:45:58.890,0:46:05.220
you know your teacher is really just

0:46:02.280,0:46:07.619
someone who’s providing assignments

0:46:05.220,0:46:12.210
right now and that’s not a dig on the

0:46:07.619,0:46:13.650
teacher that’s a dig on really a system

0:46:12.210,0:46:15.060
that failed the students they weren’t

0:46:13.650,0:46:18.330
prepared for this type of remote

0:46:15.060,0:46:20.640
learning I think a lot of lessons are

0:46:18.330,0:46:23.100
being learned from this and I think a

0:46:20.640,0:46:27.630
lot of adjustments coming out of Co vid

0:46:23.100,0:46:29.100
19 are gonna be made that will make sure

0:46:27.630,0:46:30.420
that this type of thing doesn’t happen

0:46:29.100,0:46:34.580
again that we don’t get caught

0:46:30.420,0:46:39.240
unprepared again this is an extremely

0:46:34.580,0:46:40.800
rare situation I mean never before the

0:46:39.240,0:46:42.510
country has gone through Wars gone

0:46:40.800,0:46:45.600
through world wars and hasn’t shut down

0:46:42.510,0:46:48.660
like this so this is something that

0:46:45.600,0:46:52.680
nobody could have possibly prepared for

0:46:48.660,0:46:54.180
and everyone is who’s involved is doing

0:46:52.680,0:46:57.930
the best they can at this point in time

0:46:54.180,0:46:59.600
I have no doubt about that it’s just you

0:46:57.930,0:47:04.410
can’t avoid some of the impact from it

0:46:59.600,0:47:07.500
so don’t be so hard on yourself that was

0:47:04.410,0:47:10.320
all I had we’ll come back we’ll get your

0:47:07.500,0:47:19.140
closing remarks and then we’ll bug

0:47:10.320,0:47:23.060
people to subscribe to our podcast go

0:47:19.140,0:47:25.740
for your closing remarks alrighty so to

0:47:23.060,0:47:30.210
every student out there who is deaf um

0:47:25.740,0:47:33.300
who was affected by the remote learning

0:47:30.210,0:47:35.490
in the ink over nineteen situations just

0:47:33.300,0:47:39.410
know that you’re not the only one I

0:47:35.490,0:47:44.210
definitely forgot about that when high

0:47:39.410,0:47:47.580
went through these two bad grades but

0:47:44.210,0:47:49.920
like my dad said don’t go don’t be too

0:47:47.580,0:47:53.880
hard on yourself if you like me

0:47:49.920,0:47:56.940
bad bad grades do happen but you will be

0:47:53.880,0:47:59.060
able to bounce back from them okay very

0:47:56.940,0:47:59.060
good

0:47:59.369,0:48:05.280
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