WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
Supporting Parents during online teaching
Virtual classrooms are not as simple as plug-and-play. Schools thrive on structure, timetables, daily attendance, and lesson plans – a meticulous and planned operation that has been made to transform into an online mode practically overnight.
Teachers are doubling up as content curators and parents are stepping in as proctors. The nationwide lockdown has indeed sent out a message that teachers and parents need to cometogether,to stay connected and support a generation of youngsters gripped by an unprecedented crisis.
Online learning is continuously complimented for its ability to mirror individual needs and reflect a conducive environment at a personal level. In the changed scenario, parents have an important role to play. Jumping headlong into online education has been intimidating and confusing for first-time online students. Due to the increased autonomy and self-motivation, that is definitely needed to be successful in an online program, parental involvement is generally a key indicator of the successful virtual school experience. Parents control the environment of a child. They support setting the pace, building a physical space intended for learning, and continue to encourage in the absence of daily face-to-face interaction. Studies have shown a direct positive correlation between parent involvement and student success. Simply put, virtual schools work better when parents take an active role in their child’s learning. Parents often feel isolated and are unsure of where to go if their child needs help. This uncertainty may inadvertently lead to children lagging behind and losing confidence in their abilities as online learners.
In order to ensure positive learning outcomes SEEDLING PUBLIC SCHOOL is continuously working towards taking pressure off parents and students by providing the much needed support during this remote learning. Seedling Public School has so far:
- Established clear channels of communications between faculty, staff, families, and students.
- Supported faculty and students/families in smoothly shifting to a distance digital learning environment.
- Helped teachers implement strategies to ensure a high-quality learning experience for all students.
- Provided resources, guidance, and support for students and parents to support their physical and emotional well-being.
There is no denying that, even before the current outbreak had emerged, children and parents already had a growing stream of new technological resources on their fingertips, offering increased opportunities for Engagement, Entertainment and Education. Parents now have to ensure that children are effectively engaged in educational activities.Parents can work towards building a learning portfolio, that which a child is passionate about, by implementing some suggested points mentioned below:-
- Establish routines and expectations
- Define the physical space for your child’s study
- Monitor communications between your child and the teachers
- Begin and end each day with a check-in
- Take an active role in helping your children process and own their learning
- Establish times for quiet and silent reflection
- Encourage physical activity and/or exercise (Indoors)
- Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry
- Keep your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions
It`s time to create and utilize the family system framework for effective online engagement. For this, the school and parents have to come together and look at the confluence of ‘relationships’ within the existing scenario, and thus, this relationship must ensure that students’ learning is facilitated for a better tomorrow.