1. If your child’s school system is still engaged in distance learning, even if it is not for grades, be sure your child is participating in the instruction.
2. Pay attention to how your child engages with the teacher, content and activities.
3. Reinforce with your child that this is school.
4. Listen if your child tells you they do not like distance learning - it is OK to say you understand.
5. Ask questions about what they do not like. What can you change for your student? What should you communicate to the teacher that they may be able to change? Are they recording lessons so that your child can hear it again?
6. Keep distractions to a minimum. Model for your child doing only one thing when you are engaged with the computer. Do not multitask. It is not doing 2 things at once equally well it is doing 2 things less efficiently. Learning is a highly focused activity.
7. Understand that next year may be very fluid - some face to face schooling and some distance. Create a schedule for you that is doable.
8. Maintain a ‘school based routine’ - time to get up, get washed, get dressed, eat, go to school.
9. Have the same place for school every day at home.
10. Check in on your student/child during the lesson, however do not sit with them.
11. Ask about what they did - not what they learned - to often the answer will be ‘nothing’.
12. If your child has an IEP or 504 be sure you understand how the modifications, accommodations and supports will be implemented.
13 Be kind and supportive to everyone involved - that includes YOU, the parent/teacher,mom/dad and everything else we are all called to do.
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