For millions of parents and children, the upcoming school semester is characterized by doubt, confusion, and in some cases, fear. No one knows exactly what the next few months will hold, and since individual school districts are setting up their own guidelines for safely re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to say how many students will be remaining at home for the time being. With all of that in mind, today we’ll be sharing three key remote learning tips that all parents and students should learn now. If there’s even a chance your child may not be able to go to school, then make sure to bookmark this list:
Set Limits on “Passive” Learning
Are there tons of great educational videos, podcasts, and TV shows available to young and curious students? Of course there are! And parents should certainly encourage their kids to watch educational content when they get the chance. However, it’s important not to overestimate the power of “passive” forms of content. You can only learn so much by watching or listening to a lesson. Eventually, you have to start “doing.” So be sure to pair passive educational content with more active forms of learning like reading and writing assignments, physical experiments, and active discussions. Remember, there’s a big difference between watching a video about chemistry and actually using something like tissue culture flasks with your own hands.
Create a Positive Atmosphere
It’s no surprise that students perform their best when they work in a positive atmosphere, and parents should strive to create such areas for their kids in their homes. First and foremost, this involves creating a functioning study space –– complete with all the amenities a modern student needs to succeed (laptop, monitors, notebook, etc.). Additionally, parents should try to set up a space that allows their child to focus on the material at hand without getting distracted by things around the house like the TV or the noisy neighbors. Concentration is key to education!
Just because your child is taking classes remotely, it doesn’t mean that they have to feel isolated. On the contrary, parents can take extra steps to ensure that their child has every opportunity to collaborate and engage with others, despite quarantine restrictions. Consider setting up a weekly or daily skype session with other students, bringing in a tutor for one-on-one lessons, or meeting with other parents to keep to discuss home-education best practices.
While we all hope that schools will be able to open safely over the next few weeks (and months), the reality is that many students will probably be spending at least part of their school year working on assignments at home. Thankfully, parents can use these tips to ensure their kids manage this tough transition as smoothly as possible.