In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, educators, families and students of all ages had to manage the sudden shift to distance learning. With many schools still unsure of whether they’ll be holding in-person classes in the fall, we thought it would be best to start preparing for the possibility of more distance learning and find tools for everyone to succeed.
Distance learning has come with its own unique sets of challenges. We’ve created a list of some of the most common issues learners are facing at home and came up with easy solutions for addressing them.
This list was made with the families of students in grades K-12 in mind. As part of our ongoing series on distance learning, we also have a list of tips for families and learners who are preparing for a socially distant fall semester and have an upcoming series on at-home activities you can try!
If there’s something you did that worked well for your student(s) this spring as you navigated distance learning together, or any problems you’re still looking for solutions for, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
• Pitfall #1: Falling behind, usually through missing class meetings or procrastinating on assignments.
Solution: Make sure you are logging in during class time each day and completing school work when your teacher is available, either through email or Zoom meetings. Waiting until the last minute to complete assignments may mean the teacher won’t be able to help if there are questions. Keep your due dates and meeting times written in an agenda to stay organized! Set an alarm to be sure you’re logging in on time,
• Pitfall #2: Not understanding assignment requirements, or submitting incomplete work.
Solution: Since we’ve all been exploring new ways of getting assignments done, mistakes are bound to happen! Always review the introductory materials and instructions on how to complete assignments. When in doubt, ask your teacher or classmates questions and refer to the rubric.
• Pitfall #3: Not working in a dedicated, distraction-free space.
Solution: As long as we’re participating in school from home, it becomes extra important to have a routine and a space to work without distractions. This means no cell phones or TV on during school time and finding a clear space to get assignments done.
• Pitfall #4: Expecting perfection or that academic performance will be the same as a typical school year.
Solution: Remember that virtual school is new to many of us and will require hard work to achieve the same grades as “normal” school. Don’t be disappointed if you earn a B instead of your “usual” A in math and don’t forget to ask for help if you feel like you’re not understanding something!