Blended learning is the combination of technology and personal learning. During Covid-19, this means being supported either by the parents at home or by the teacher at school, with technology being the main tool. It is important that educators carefully consider learning outcomes and expectations, but it is also important that you, as a parent / guardian, prepare for success. Last year we were all involved in this process, but for the coming school year we have the opportunity to prepare and do things a little differently! Here are some tips for a successful blended learning experience.
Tip 1 Set a schedule for when you go to school at home
A great tip on how to do it Keep your mental health is to set some household norms on how your family will learn at home. Some of your parameters are based on the expectations of the teacher / school, e.g. B. The arrival of a live video time in the classroom. It is important that you appear at class. However, much of your school day can be tailored to your family’s needs. You and your partner may both be working full time, and your child may not be able to work with their caregiver while you are at work. Create a schedule that works for your family and share it with your child’s teacher. Be at the forefront. You don’t have to apologize for your child’s schedule based on your family’s needs, and your child’s teacher is most likely grateful for your openness.
Tip 2 Evaluate and fix your family’s technological needs
If you need assistance with the various tools your child should use online, please contact your child’s teacher immediately. Let them know that you need help. Remember that they have more than 20-35 students in their classroom and each family has needs that have increased due to the pandemic. Give mercy to the teacher, but be persistent. Send a friendly email and let the teacher know that you need help.
If you need help accessing usable technology, please contact the headmaster of your child’s school. Many, but not all, school districts may be able to help families gain access to better functioning technology. Contact the school to see if your family can borrow a laptop or tablet from school. If this is not possible, ask them to refer you to local family support programs for help finding your child’s needs.
Tip 3 Be aware of your restrictions and ask for help
It can be so difficult. You may not understand how your child is taught a concept, which can make it difficult to help them with their work. You may be stuck in technical troubleshooting or how to prepare your child for a live lesson based on their emotions / behavior. Please help. You don’t have to do it alone. Share this with your child’s teacher and the headmaster of your school. Ask for support. You want to help. The teacher or school principal can put you in touch with several resources, e.g. B. the school counselor to chat with your child via video chat. Perhaps the teacher will make a video call with you and your child to show you how your child should do the work so that you are on the right path together.
Tip 4 Have a good attitude to study from home
Your child will reflect your feelings about how they learn at home. If you are excited and have a can-do attitude, your child is likely to follow in your footsteps. If you’re frustrated, hate the computer, screaming about their pre-algebra, and don’t know how to help them upload their work, they’re the same way. It is difficult for the children. It is difficult for their teachers. And that is difficult for the parents. Make “having a good attitude” part of your learning of house norms. Make a reward system to give praise to family members who show good attitude. Maybe you have a jar with a “good attitude” and when people do or say something that shows that they have a “good attitude” a token is put in it. Determine what reward will be received when the jar fills up. Celebrate as a family with a game night, movie, or treat when the glass is full. Remember, this is something you all experience together. It can be as meaningful as all great family memories. As a parent, you can choose to have a great memory.
Tip 5 If your child has an IEP / 504 / learning difference, make a video / face-to-face meeting with his team
It is very important that you communicate with your child’s support team as soon as possible this school year. In special education, this means that the class teacher, special needs teacher, school principal and possibly a psychologist or specialist are available in areas that your child needs. If it is a child with a talented and gifted plan, the members of the meeting are not much different. Ask for a meeting to understand how your child’s plan will be implemented during combined learning. Understand that this is a challenge for everyone and that your child’s team wants to do the best for you and your child.
Ask questions. Give grace and understanding. Lawyer for your child! Honesty and openness with regard to your expectations and a friendly fulfillment of your wishes contribute significantly to your child’s team.
Above all, remember that the dust settles at some point and your family finds its own rhythm. Keep it real for your family and you are sure to have great success with blended learning.