5 Remote Learning Tips For Parents Helping at Home. A Comprehensive Guide on How to Maximize Your Child’s Remote Learning From Home.
In short, Remote Learning occurs when teachers and students move a normally in-person class to a temporary online space.
So what kind of remote learning tips are there for parents helping at home? Below are the top 5 remote learning tips for parents and families working with children at home.
- Set & Keep a Schedule: The closer this is to a ‘school schedule,’ the easier it will likely be on everyone. You obviously can (and probably should) revise whatever you come up with at first to fit your circumstance at home (your work schedule, sleeping schedules, etc.). But once you’ve got something that works, stick to it. And this almost certainly means to use some sort of timer to at least clarify how much time is being spent on what.
- Create a Daily Plan: Creating a daily plan isn’t just a matter of scheduling. A daily plan looks at the schedule and then identifies to-do items for that day and combines the two for a specific plan for that specific day.
- Encourage Self Direction: This could’ve gone in the ‘basic’ sections complicated but at its most basic, the more they own their learning–and ideally have voice and choice in their work–the easier and more fulfilling everything will be for everyone.
- Don’t Teach – Help Them Understand: Helping students understand is one of the more obvious remote learning tips for parents. This could be the topic for an entire book because how this happens is complicated and varies greatly from student to student and grade level to grade level and content area to content area. Imagine the parent of a second-grade student helping them complete an essay on their favorite cookie versus the parent of a high school senior helping them with a Calculus problem or an analysis of Shakespearean versus Petrarchan meter. The former is a matter of sitting with your child, while the latter is going to likely require that you learn alongside your child–or even learn it first yourself and then review it with them after. The bottom line is that helping your child understand the content is definitely part of the ‘bare minimum’ range of tips.
- Provide an Environment Conductive to Learning This isn’t always easy. If they’re too isolated, it’s difficult to check in with them. If they’re at the kitchen table, depending on the child or their environment, they may be too distracted. This is even more challenging when everyone is home and the house is full. Background noise can help, so it might be good to try some music on low, or an instrumental form of music.