Parents across the nation are divided and schools are facing tough decisions. While some districts are already working under a hybrid learning model, with students attending in-person on a rotating schedule, and others learning under fully remote circumstances, the recent surge in #COVID19 cases is causing those schools that are fully operational to consider moving to virtual education.
With a lack of consistency comes a lack of learning and the truth is, our teachers were not trained to teach this way. By now, many have an idea of how to provide coursework and online support, but there is no denying the value and importance of in-person lectures and hands-on experiences, as well as a consistent schedule and a connection between the teacher and student. But we won’t be moving to this kind of learning in the foreseeable future, at least without wearing masks and restricting movement within the buildings.
And so, we adapt. We learn how to learn. We prepare for an environment that may be different, but that, with a little work, we can have control over. But, we must take the time to create a situation that works specifically for our student’s learning needs. While this does not look the same for everyone, there are a few ways we can set these young learners up for a successful situation.
Stick to a schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time each night and day.
Carve out a quiet place for learning that is only to be used for online classwork.
Create a “library” of resources on a bulletin board that includes the email addresses and phone numbers for the school district, guidance counselors and teachers.
Be available to help your student with materials that aren’t clear or questions may come up during coursework.
Invest is high-speed internet or check with the school district for possible assistance for financial support.
Consider switching to a cyber academy offered by the school district or state that is designed for this kind of learning and can offer consistency.
Have traditional school supplies available, such as pencils, index cards, notebooks and organizers, but also be sure ear buds, a computer or iPad and possibly a printer are available, as well.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration that can lead to fatigue and trouble concentrating.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet for natural energy and for a boost to the immune system.
Get regular exercise to burn off stress chemicals.