Many families are choosing the eLearning or Virtual Learning option for students heading back to school in August.
As you may have experienced already, learning from home can be daunting, but there are things you can do right now to set your student up for success.
We asked Leslie Thomas, a veteran Hillsborough Virtual K-12 to share her top tips:
- Be sure your student has a designated learning area, and somewhere to keep their school supplies. It can be as simple as a backpack that they pack and unpack each day at the kitchen table, or as elaborate as their own desk with organizational cubbies.
- Create a system to help students keep track of their assignments. This can include a whiteboard or checklist where they cross off things as they complete them; a sticky note for each assignment that they move to a new location to indicate completion; or even a simple printout of the teacher’s weekly assignment list that they can keep with them.
- Work every day and create a schedule for your student. Flexibility is a double edged sword if students get out of the habit of working daily. Find what works best for your learner, and create a schedule around that. Do they like doing their favorite subject first, or saving it for the end of the day? Are they a morning person, or do they work better in the afternoon? How many breaks do they need? All of these factors will help you build a schedule that is both flexible and effective for accomplishing their school work.
- Communicate with your teachers. Your teachers are there to help both the student and the parent navigate virtual learning. We want you to reach out with questions, problems, concerns… anything! The last thing we want is for families to feel frustrated and alone. Call, text or message and give us as much info as possible about what you are struggling with so we can address it quickly.
- Understand your role as a learning coach. The teacher is the instructor, the student is the learner, and the important third member of this partnership is the learning coach. The learning coach is “the feet on the ground” for your student since you are physically present with them. You may need to help students with organization, time management, submitting work or simple questions about assignments. All three members of this learning partnership have to work together to help the student be successful.