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agigao00:03:12

Fellow Clojurians, how do you cope with staying at home this long?

thomas07:03:09

well, I have mu family around (schools are closed as well here). One thing we have done is make a daily schedule. we all get up at the same time, have breakfast at 8, start work/school things at 0830. have lunch together and don't forget to go outside at least once a day for a walk/cycle ride.

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RAMart07:03:17

Play board games with your friends in the evening: One Webcam shows the one and only board, the single source of truth. All faces on one screen. It's not that bad.

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jasonbell07:03:31

@chokheli Well, I’ve basically done it every day for the last nine years so it’s no change for me 🙂

otfrom09:03:40

having good routines helps

thomas09:03:28

yes, we are trying.... but it ain't easy, that is one thing for sure... and not sure how we are going to manage for 2.5 more weeks. we'll see.

peterwestmacott09:03:19

2.5 weeks? I hope that's all it is. I'm personally expecting this to go on a lot longer than that. But I am naturally quite pessimistic.

otfrom09:03:51

I'm expecting physical distancing to continue for quite a bit, but I hope that actual isolation is reasonably short lived. How long have the "no one out of their homes but for the pharmacist or supermarket" things been going on for?

otfrom09:03:04

all the schools in the UK are closing after Friday

thomas10:03:13

at the moment the plan is for schools to return on the 6th of April. and the plan is the plan until we change the plan.

thomas10:03:39

and it may well change in the future... but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

otfrom11:03:11

schools here are off until next academic year (so about 16 weeks away)

otfrom11:03:16

here == UK

thomas12:03:36

that is quite a long time. how are parents suppose to cope with that? And I heard that GCSE and A level exams have been cancelled as well. Does that mean that none of those students can go to Uni next year?

ordnungswidrig13:03:43

My high school and kids are doing well with teaching using microsoft teams. I feel the 1:1 guidance they receive to some extend is actually having them learn things faster and better than traditional class room teaching. But we’ve got enough space and computers to enable this for the kids.

ordnungswidrig13:03:56

It totally depends on the school, teacher, kids and families though.

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ordnungswidrig13:03:16

@thomas pretty sure they will make that even out somehow.

ordnungswidrig13:03:29

In germany for some exams they already announced to lower the difficulty a little

otfrom13:03:37

I don't know if they know the answers yet

Ben Hammond13:03:28

one the items mooted was suspending the summer holidays, if conditions permit

Ben Hammond13:03:53

so the summer term gets delayed 8 weeks

Ben Hammond13:03:58

but still happens

Ben Hammond13:03:09

depending upon the situation

ordnungswidrig13:03:21

This is the UK situation, right?

Ben Hammond13:03:32

in Scotland yeah

ordnungswidrig13:03:48

Technically still UK 😛

Ben Hammond13:03:14

the powers seem to be fairly devolved though

Ben Hammond13:03:36

Scotland, Wales, England, NI making their announcements at different times

jasonbell13:03:40

@otfrom sorry late to every party, know what?

jasonbell13:03:28

GCSE/A’s cancelled in England and Wales only. Scotland and NI to be announced.

Ben Hammond13:03:46

is there a word for > horror of being early some kind of -phobia

jasonbell13:03:00

I’ve been refreshing the CCEA website every 30mins as my daughter is doing final year A levels.

Ben Hammond13:03:05

sort of thing there's usually a German word for

otfrom13:03:09

there will be in German. 🙂

otfrom13:03:58

@jasonbell I thought that you'd have a vague idea of what was happening re:exams, and indeed, you did

jasonbell13:03:52

There’s a good chance NI will cancel. The predicted A level grades are already with the unis and that’s what UCAS will probably file

Ben Hammond13:03:35

I guess there will be plenty of tertiary education spaces

Ben Hammond13:03:45

if international admissions go down

jasonbell13:03:17

Depends on the Uni. Though under these circumstances it’s anyone’s guess.

thomas13:03:32

it all sounds rather complicated and frustrating for lots of people.

jasonbell13:03:55

@thomas It’s more the fact that I’ve watched my daughter study like nothing I’ve ever seen to give herself the best chances in the future. It’s been a privilege to watch her smash it time after time from 11 years old to now nearly 18. She’s the youngest in her year but the top performer across the two schools she goes to. She put in for a top uni, “just to see if I can get in” and they selected her quickly, reduced their criteria as they wanted her in. And two months before it all ends it’s all thrown up in the air, now her predicted grades by the schools are great but to her it’s not sitting the seven exams and nailing it by her own.

Ben Hammond13:03:43

sounds like she'll do well whatever happens

jasonbell13:03:05

Oh I don’t doubt that @ben.hammond and very kind of you to say so

Ben Hammond13:03:43

its only when you hit middle age that you realise University wasn't quite the big deal it was built up to be

Ben Hammond13:03:08

although maybe that's easy to say from a position of privilege

jasonbell13:03:09

Dunno - I wasn’t that intelligent enough at the time to get anywhere near that. 🙂

jasonbell15:03:58

So NI have decided NOT to do sit down exams.

jasonbell15:03:39

Same for Scotland.

jasonbell15:03:03

Now it’s a case of waiting on UCAS to see what the state of play is.

otfrom16:03:52

so no "sit down exams" means..? Will they be from home? Just not do them?

jasonbell16:03:33

From what we’re gathering predicted grades will be taken into account. The Uni’s are pretty confused too.

otfrom16:03:25

yeah, missing a year of incoming students would be pretty disastrous for them. I'm not sure what people will do regarding the "what are your A levels" question that comes up on some CVs. Will they have the qualification or no?

jasonbell16:03:10

They will but it will be based on predicted grades, we think!

jasonbell16:03:24

Nothing in terms of concrete information at the moment.

jasonbell18:03:26

NI goes no exam but on expected grades and previous results and coursework. I’m confident but it’s still worrying. Would love to know what the model is for exam board predictions.