Students across the country have had to adjust to new online learning courses due to the lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place in the US. While this poses many challenges for teachers, parents, and students, we can acknowledge the positive aspects of online learning.
At the TIA, we have revamped our course structure in light of the current restrictions. We offer students and their families some choices when it comes to online and in-class learning. Should things change, we are ultimately prepared to comply with more extensive lockdown requirements. In preparing your children for a school year at home, here are a few tips that can help make the transition an easier and more fruitful one.
Embrace the Comfort of Home
Being forced to work and learn from home may seem like an inconvenience for some. By acknowledging the benefits, you will make for an easier transition to online learning. For example, instead of your child packing a lunch every day, turn lunchtime into a home cooking experience that’s both enriching and delicious. This can help offset what may feel like monotony to some. It is just one example of all the ways you can embrace online learning from home.
When it comes to your student’s actual coursework, staying home offers them the opportunity to talk with you. Parents across the country are stepping into the role of teachers. This provides children with a valuable lifeline, acting as a viable replacement for the one-on-one time with their teacher they are missing.
One idea is for parents to let children experience the consequences of their decisions when it comes to their online school work. Parents may want to let these issues play out to their natural conclusions. Therefore their children ultimately benefit from the learning experience. Should they neglect their schoolwork, their grades will go down. This may not be a good option for your child but it is an option. Parents need to work with and supervise younger children while doing their school work. But offering older students the opportunity to take more personal responsibility for their education can be a valuable learning experience.
Develop Effective Communication Habits
Learning effectively from home requires excellent communication between students, teachers, and parents. Since your children are going to be using their computers for coursework, this is an excellent opportunity to encourage building good habits for digital communication. they will learn writing coherent and properly worded emails, proper discussion group/forum etiquette, and scheduling.
Ultimately, every family’s home situation is different. Every student will have unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to switching to online learning. Hopefully, these tips can help your family develop a solid foundation for your children’s effective online learning during an uncertain time.