What Exactly is Remote Learning?
Remote learning is taking a traditional school day in a classroom setting and moving it to a condensed timeframe at home. Teachers usually engage with students through suggested lessons and/or online platforms. This can occur through synchronous (real time/live) or asynchronous (pre-recorded, pre-made lessons, etc.) learning.
How Do I Do Remote Learning?
Most schools have parents access their website or learning platform to access lessons. Here, students can interact with teachers, other students, and complete lessons. The suggested amount of time is about 3-4 hours of remote or online learning at home, but some schools do about 6 hours.
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With the pandemic spread of COVID-19, both teachers and parents worldwide are scrambling to make the shift to remote teaching. Let’s face it, this has turned our world upside down in an instant. We’ve gone from the historical well-known face to face teaching with certified professionals to remote or online learning from parents.
This has not only left school districts, but parents with a lot of anxiety and frustration topped with technology issues. In addition, many parents are struggling to work their jobs in conjunction with having kids at home. And now parents are trying to figure out how to work with their kids to get their schoolwork done. Where can I find online resources to use?
Let’s face it, if this were 10 years ago we may not have the options that we have now for remote learning. We have online learning platforms, online learning games, social media lessons, and video chats that allow teachers to be able to connect with students. This helps to relieve the parent schedule so that their students can learn and they can get their own work done.
So what does remote learning look like?
One of the basic things we need to keep in mind is that kids do well with routines. Their routine has been completely turned upside down and disrupted. This is not like a summer break or holiday break, this is turned into extended learning and concerns about finishing the year so kids are ready for the following grade level.
Coming up with a routine will help to stabilize the environment for the kids and help them be successful in remote learning. Being able to connect with teachers is really important for kids, because they want to know that their teachers are still there and care about them.
What it really boils down to is a team effort between school administrators, teachers, and families. This has been a home-school connection on steroids! Therefore, our focus should first and foremost be on providing routines within the home for kids and also keeping a connection for the kids with school and their teachers.
I would suggest putting together a routine or schedule for the kids every day of the week. A schedule would consist of what they do when they wake up in the morning to going to bed at night, and everything in between.
Need help with the schedule or routine to get kids started? See the schedule below for a free sample of a schedule that you can use to get you started. Or uses some ideas for your kids to continue the extended or remote learning.
The Positive Side…
This is a prime opportunity for parents to connect with kids with guidance from their teachers.
What if kids now spend more time with their families and making connections? What if kids learn how to cook, sew, build a shed, learn skills that parents don’t always have time to teach but do now. These are skills that are being lost, and a great way for families to take advantage of this time.
What if kids become more creative and learn to entertain themselves? Enjoy their backyards or sit quietly and look out the window and watch the wildlife or rain shower. They may even learn to live with less and to stretch the dollar further. Maybe we’ll see how valuable our teachers and support staff really are.
Maybe we all need more quiet time
A slower pace of life may be just what the kids need to see the surrounding beauty of what they really have. Having the ability to get away from the screen time and enjoy seeing with their own eyes instead of watching it through the lens of their Smartphones.
I would encourage you to develop a routine for your kids. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same from week to week but start with a schedule using a week at a glance. This will help develop routines for the kids, keep them on track and stay connected with their schools and their teachers. It also provides some downtime for parents that are able to get their own work done and to help teach kids some the skills that may becoming lost.