Lesson Plan: 2021: Can We Do Without Helicopter Parents on Zoom?
II. While Reading Activities
- remote |rəˈmōt| adjective (remoter, remotest) Computing denoting a device that can only be accessed by means of a network. Compare with local.
- e-learning |ˈēˌlərniNG| noun learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet: successful e-learning depends on the self-motivation of individuals to study effectively | [as modifier] : e-learning software.
- adjacent |əˈjās(ə)nt| adjective 1 next to or adjoining something else: adjacent rooms | the area adjacent to the fire station.
- confusing |kənˈfyo͞oziNG| adjective bewildering or perplexing: he found being in Egypt very confusing.
- independent |ˌindəˈpendənt| adjective • capable of thinking or acting for oneself: advice for independent travelers.
- log in (or on) |lôɡläɡ| verb go through the procedures to begin use of a computer, database, or system.
- underestimate verb |ˌəndərˈestəˌmāt| [with object] estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it actually is: the administration has grossly underestimated the extent of the problem. • regard (someone) as less capable than they really are: he had underestimated the new president.
- advocate noun |ˈadvəkət| a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
- chime in PHRASAL VERB 1 interject a remark: “Yes, you do that,” Doreen chimed in eagerly.
- virtual |ˈvərCH(o͞o)əl| adjective • Computing not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so: a virtual computer. See also virtual reality.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 1-have
Some parents have become reluctant helicopters.
II – 2-with
Some parents sit with their kids all day.
III – 1- in
Some parents chime in during class.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
- Andrea Cordts Pastin, a senior content manager for an SEO agency: “We have to listen in to see if the teacher gives her instructions for the independent learning times.”
- Beyhan Farhadi, a postdoctoral visitor at York University in Toronto, who researches online learning, education policy and equity: “A grown-up will need to help with everything from getting the child logged on, redirecting them to focus, and solving any technical problems.”
- Virginia Riggs, a Chicago-based stay-at-home-mom: “The first couple of days last week, I didn’t even eat or take a shower.”
- Natasha Brejnak, the parent of a first-grader at a Chicago public school: “Everyone has a preference for what more effective teaching would be and knows their child very well, but I feel that’s just not a realistic expectation…”
- Lorena Rojas, who teaches kindergarten in Chicago: “I know most of them are working remotely as they assist their child,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of helicopters.”