Students, teachers, and parents across the nation are working their way through the pros and cons of virtual learning during COVID-19.
Students are being tasked with learning from home and staying connected to classmates and teachers even though many do not have the developmental or organization skills to be independent learners. Teachers are navigating digital learning platforms and managing synchronous and asynchronous learning simultaneously while struggling to keep remote students engaged and connected. Parents are working to keep students connected and successful on the home front while also balancing work and family responsibilities.
It is anything but easy, but it is reality for public schools throughout North Carolina and the United States.
A parent of three highly successful students reached out recently to ask for tips and strategies that she could incorporate at home to support her students — because even they were struggling. We recognized that her voice represented how parents and grandparents across the nation are coping with their new role as principal, teacher, cheerleader, tutor, and finally, caretaker.
The student services team, led by our social worker, responded by creating a quick reference chart for parents to post on the refrigerator as a guide to keeping their students on track during remote learning.
Our virtual learning tips include basics such as sticking to a morning routine, creating a comfortable and distraction-free workspace, using time wisely, staying organized, actively participating in class, taking plenty of brain breaks, collaborating with classmates and managing stress. Click here for a PDF version of the chart that you can print our for yourself.