Like many people’s homes at the moment, mine now resembles a juvenile corporate office. My 6-year-old logs into Zoom for morning meetings and singalongs, my 8-year-old uses Google Docs to pitch fairy-tale adaptations to his teacher, and both use new email accounts to compare schedules with classmates and dole out emojis.
When New York closed its public schools, my wife and I scrambled to gather the digital gear and download the multitude of apps that enable online learning. But like so many parents suddenly required to work from home, we devoted an equal amount of time to fretting about how we could all complete our tasks in such close quarters, without ending up in a daily battle royale.
Fortunately, our 8-year-old’s third-grade teacher at P.S. 59 in Midtown Manhattan, Jennifer Frish, had some ideas for keeping the peace. The day before online classes began, she encouraged parents to set up