Distance Learning Tips for Parents
Embrace the change – but you don’t have to go it alone.
Distance Learning Tips for Parents
Distance learning was an unusual method of learning for the majority of school children until March of 2020 in many areas of the US. That date is only marginally earlier for other parts of the world. However, in the fall of 2020, it seems to be the number one method for learning around the world.
Teachers + students + parents = distance learning
Children, parents, and teachers were thrust into the remote teaching realm with little choice due to protective measures surrounding the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Teachers and students are learning to navigate these new systems, but parents often feel frustrated and confused.
Teachers and students may have already had access to some of these systems, so adapting them was more natural. Parents, on the other hand, may have had limited access or knowledge before. Becoming the parent of a fully online student overnight was difficult for even the most organized parent. However, there are things you can do to survive the new distance learning alternative. So we have a few distance learning tips to get you grounded and ready.
Embrace the Change
One of the things that prevents adaptation is emotional resistance.
When people fear their ability, they often feel the material is more challenging to learn. You may have heard the adage, “Whether you think you can or think you cannot, you are probably right.” This phrase is usually attributed to Henry Ford. It is right, though. The more you believe in yourself, the more you can do. If you think you can’t, you will find every reason in the world that it’s too hard. Embrace the change and know that you can survive.
Enlist Your Village
Let’s face it. Everyone can’t afford to be a stay at home parent, even if another parent is working in the home. This reality may mean that you have to enlist the help of friends, family, and childcare centers.
Some childcare centers are offering help with students’ online work through Wi-Fi connections and homework helpers. Find the best way to work with your schedule and your child’s schedule. If grandma is retired, see if she’ll stay with the children during the day. If you have a friend or family member who is a stay-at-home parent, offer to pay them or provide everyone’s food each day to watch your child and help.
Distance Learning Support Group for Parents
Are you feeling confused or out there on a distance learning island? OTL Guide Me at Home has tutoring for your children and one-on-one guidance for you. But you may appreciate being connected with other parents who are experiencing similar challenges.
Head over to the OTL Guide Me at Home discussion page with online discussions for parents, and others for teachers, students, entrepreneurs, and anyone new to the wide wonderful world of computers, emails, and social media.
Think Outside the Box
You’re not alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and support groups.
Plan and Schedule
Buy an old-fashioned paper planner and get to writing down dates.
One tip I recently read was to write events more than a few weeks out on a sticky note and place it on the date. Then if the event gets postponed or canceled, you can move it or toss it out. You can also write in pencil.
Several companies are making erasable pens that work with heat/friction. These are much cleaner than the erasable pens of 20 years ago. Consider these for writing in your planner too. This way, if something changes, you can just erase it.
TIP: Panda Planner has teamed up with Rocketbook to produce a one-of-a-kind planner. It incorporates tasks with personal goals. You can scan and send to your computer or phone and then erase the pages and start again. It’s awesome – one planner will last you for years!
Bottom Line – Distance Learning for Parents
There is no right or wrong way to cope with the changes that have come from distance learning. You can do this with the right tools and attitude. It will not be easy, but you can do it.