3 Tips for Students Learning at Home
As more and more school districts around the country are having to turn to distance learning due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parents are wondering what to do to prepare. Parents who have been thrust into the role as the teacher can benefit from the following 3 Tips for Student Learning at Home: time management, organization, and resilience.
While teaching at home there is no set schedule. This allows you to set your own daily schedule. A daily schedule is important. Make sure to include a daily DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time where everyone reads for pleasure. Break up your day. Give yourself and your child regular breaks so neither of you feels overwhelmed. I like to ‘chunk’ up my day into half-hour to hour-long segments.
Do whatever subjects are most challenging for you or your child at your family’s peak time of day. For me, that looks like teaching math first in the morning. Teach the subjects that you are most comfortable with at the time of day that is not your peak time of day. In my house that would be English or reading class after lunch and we would have DEAR time around 3 pm for 15 or 30 minutes. Fit the classes that you are comfortable with where they work around breaks, snacks, and lunch.
You may want to keep a calendar with assignment due dates, scheduled webinar classes, and test dates. You can manage teaching by scheduling classwork that needs to be accomplished each week. Your organizational needs extend to the ‘classroom’. It can be helpful to have a regular, quiet study space even if everyone is working together at the kitchen table. Does your child need extra quiet to work? Try letting him wear headphones to muffle outside sounds. After the day’s schoolwork is complete, have your children put away their schoolwork and supplies. They regularly do this at the end of the day at school. If you don’t have any place else to store school supplies, put it in their school bags and backpacks.
Social distancing can feel lonely. Remember that you are not alone. Your child is not going to remember if you didn’t get an entire day of teaching done. She will remember how this time at home as a whole felt. Make it as fun as you can!
Luckily, there are online resources to help you with distance learning. SchoolTube supplies a community of high-quality educational videos that you can use for distance teaching. Not only are there Math, Chemistry, and STEM videos but there are fun videos like actors reading aloud popular stories.
Food insecurity is a common issue for some families. Many school districts are continuing to provide meals for students who receive free or reduced meals. Contact your local school district for more information.
Author Beth Lowe, MLIS IM
Beth is the Community Outreach Coordinator of SchoolTube.com. She is a librarian, former licensed daycare owner, and mother to five grown children. She brings her decades of experience educating and working with young people to her current role where she shares her passion of instructing and inspiring others to teach the next generation. You can find her on LinkedIn.