tips for successful online learning
As grades K-5 are starting the year online, many parents have been asking for tips to ensure successful online learning. Sarah (French Curriculum Coordinator), Marco (Elementary and Preschool Director), and Barbara (Head of School) have gathered some advice to help parents support the work of their teachers from home.
1. Recreate the classroom environment: Make sure that your children attend their virtual classes at an individual desk, in a calm room, and in clothing that they would typically wear at school. Avoid any forms of distraction such as music, sibling noises, etc. If necessary purchase earphones cancelling noises with a microphone. This will help initiate the right habits of mind and ensure that students will start their day focused and ready to learn.
2. Make learning fun by creating a personal study space: Set up a nice work space that your child decorates by installing all the materials and textbooks provided by their teachers. This will give a sense of ownership to your children and help them get excited about learning and the first school day.
3. Keep the day structured and organized: Print all documents needed each night, and make sure that the desk is well organized with all materials easily accessible. Follow the schedule provided by your teacher, make sure to login to every e-class, to do all independent work at the time indicated, to login for questions and clarifications during office hour, and to upload the work on Team at the end of the day. Following the schedule will give a sense of mastery to your children, and will help them keep that sense of connection with their teachers and classmates. To do so, go over the daily schedule with your children the night before to help them prepare all materials and documents needed for the next day. Also ask your children to clean their desk at the end of each school day. It is an important ritual that ensures a successful next day.
4. Make sure that your children take each break: Recesses and lunches are incorporated in your children’s schedules. Children should disconnect from their computer, be creative, explore their interest and if possible run outside. They can also do some indoor activities like yoga, painting, listening to music, or anything that relaxes their mind and body away from their computer. It will allow them to come back from their break calm, focused and ready to learn.
5. Talk to your children: Ask them questions about their day, the challenges that they have faced. Help them address them by finding solutions such as minimizing distraction, keeping up with the work, connecting with and asking questions to their teachers to overcome challenges.