Many families and students are experiencing a transition to remote learning and online classes right now, and while it may appear that in-person instruction will resume soon, there is some uncertainty surrounding when this will happen and what it will look like.
So, with the possibility of online learning still present, this week we would like to share some tips for both students and educators regarding making the most of your remote learning experiences.
Tips for remote learning for students and families:
- Plan a daily routine: This is a tip that we have shared frequently in relation to managing the day at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip applies to online learning as well. Setting a routine helps to add predictability and comfort. It also helps to make sure that you schedule time for your online classes.
- Create a learning space: the environment can play a large role in the creation of learning opportunities. It can also sometimes serve as an unwanted distraction. Many experienced educators design their classroom spaces in specific ways in order to optimize focus and engagement. This may not always be possible at home, however creating a space that is designated for learning can be beneficial to supporting student focus and remaining engaged and on task.
- Receive Feedback/Ask for Help: Many parents may be feeling overwhelmed while supporting their children in their online learning, especially if they have multiple children with different teachers, schedules, and expectations. It is okay to feel overwhelmed. Reach out to your child’s teacher for feedback on what you are doing and how best to manage. They will likely be happy to support you and your child.
- Collaborate: Just because courses have been shifted online, this does not mean that students are alone. Collaborating with others, speaking to classmates, or even just discussing how online learning is going can still be possible and a helpful step.
Tips for remote learning for educators:
- Keep Communicating: Although online communication may not be what you are used to, be sure that you still keep the lines of communication between you and your students open. Be available, schedule times to speak, provide feedback and allow for collaboration between students as well as with your own colleagues.
- Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Just modify it! It is likely that you were already integrating some technology and online resources in your classes, discover ways that you can continue to use those ideas.
- Keep a Schedule: Support students with their daily routines, and support your ability to work from home effectively by creating one for yourself.
- Support Independent Learning: Provide opportunities for students to explore topics further based on their interests in the lessons and activities you are providing.
- Be Flexible and Adaptable: Understand that these times and this process is stressful to many. Be sure that you are recognizing the emotional impact and stress that many students are going through. Make sure your expectations are realistic and adaptable based on the progress and needs of your students.