Navigating Virtual & Distance Learning

Here’s some help to stay focused and interested while keeping your equilibrium as you navigate the new schooling scenarios we’re all facing.

By now your teachers, school administration officials, friends and even the vast amount of information found online are hopefully serving to help you prepare and support your kids in this new learning environment.  One thing is certain, we’re all taking on more responsibility in managing our children’s learning, and approaching these new duties with love and empathy will go a long way to creating a successful experience for everyone involved.

Here are some useful tips to make the most of this time:

  • Create a physical space that is dedicated to learning. Get the kids involved in deciding what this area will look like and how it will function. If possible, make it an area that stays “classroom” during off hours.
  • Set a routine just like you would when leaving home for school. Create a calendar that shows a schedule of what’s planned/expected. Get dressed for school. Build in breaks and “recess” time to relax and support better attention when back in class.
  • Stay focused on expectations and procedures. If multiple kids will need to share devices, set up a process for that.  Explain what your children will be experiencing from you and their online teachers. Explore how you’ll handle staying focused and who will be supervising activities/assignments.
  • Display work and give praise for a job well done.
  • Get help when you need it. Look to family, friends, teachers, caregivers, and neighbors to lend a hand when you need it.  Make sure to keep teachers informed on what’s working and what’s not.

 

Explore these additional online resources that may provide useful ideas and assistance:

https://education-reimagined.org/distance-learning-resource-center/

https://www.parents.com/kids/education/ways-to-better-prepare-kids-for-virtual-learning/

https://www.teachthought.com/technology/remote-learning-tips-for-parents/