Parent’s Guide to Distance Learning
1. Establish routines and expectations
Parent’s must create a flexible routine and talk about how it’s working overtime. Help students get up, get dressed and ready to learn at a reasonable time. Keep normal bedtime routines, including normal rules for digital devices. Adjust schedules to meet everyone’s needs but don’t default to staying up late and sleeping in.
2. Choose a good place for learning
Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection if you choose online modality. Make sure an adult monitors online learning. Same preparations if you chose modular learning. Our teachers too will do the same.
3. Stay in touch
Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through our online platforms and virtual learning environments. Parents should also be available for distribution of modules for proper instructions. Make sure everyone knows how to find the help they need to be successful. Stay in contact with classroom and support teachers. If you have concerns, let the adviser know.
4. Help students ‘own’ their learning
No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice.
5. Begin and end the day by checking-in
In the morning, you might ask your child:
• What classes/subject do you have today?
• Do you have any assignments?
• How will you spend your time today?
• What can I do to help?
At the end of the day you might ask:
• How far did you get in your learning tasks today?
• What did you discover? What was hard?
• What could we do to make tomorrow better?
Not all students thrive in distance learning; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help students develop self-management and executive functioning that are essential skills for life. Parents are good life coaches.
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