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5 Remote Learning Tips For Your Children in 2023

    With the pandemic on the wane, most schools worldwide have re-opened for regular classes. Your kids have probably gotten into their familiar routine, and parents everywhere are back to packing snacks and lunch and resumed the school run. Transitioning to a new form of learning and back into the traditional form has taken its toll on both parents and children. Coping with this new normal is challenging. Distance learning seems all set to remain in the curriculum in some form or other. Here are 5 Remote Learning Tips For Your Children in 2023 to give your kids – and yourself – a smoother and more fun way to learn.

    The distinction between home and school is back in place for most of us. Returning to a central learning place called “school” could be challenging for some. For more than two years, the learning happened not in a conventional classroom with desks and chairs and perhaps a blackboard but in our living rooms, bedrooms, and even the kitchen. Perhaps you needed your kids to pitch in with chores. Some parents have discovered the benefits of homeschooling and may have decided not to send their kids back to regular school.

    But remote learning is here to stay, whichever way you view it. Kids may have to catch up in some subjects or need extra tutoring for certain topics.

    What Is Remote Learning?

    Educationists define remote learning as a temporary or short-term move from face-to-face learning in a classroom to distance learning via the Internet. Here, in-person learning is transformed into a process where the learner and the teacher are not in the same physical space.

    Both teachers and learners must alter their strategies significantly to accommodate this form of learning. Teachers must re-configure their teaching units and curriculum to align with the online environment. Students must learn new tools and ways to interact with peers and teachers.

    Remote learning is sometimes called asynchronous learning, where students learn the same content but almost independently, sometimes in different time zones and geographies. This is completely different from the brick-n-mortar school, where learning is more synchronized.

    This is different from traditional distance learning programs. For example, in remote learning, a group that was formerly face-to-face has now become connected remotely.

    Remote learning differs from eLearning since it is not specifically designed for eLearning platforms. In eLearning, there is little or no need for the students to meet each other and interact. In remote learning, teachers and students remain connected as they were used to in an earlier time of face-to-face learning.

    Remote learning is usually resorted to during stressful times like disease or war. It is important not to burden learners and teachers with more stress during such times. A well-planned and executed structure is the need of the hour. This considers lesson planning, time, communication, and available technology.

    Role Of Parents

    An obvious change that remote learning has brought about is parents’ role. Though parents are involved in their kids’ academic life, the school and the home are different spaces where different types of learning and teaching happen. However, parents did help with homework and were role models for the value of discipline, hard work, and achievement.

    However, the current remote learning situation compels parents to participate on several levels. They must provide the appropriate technology, tools, and equipment. They may have to print some material, supervise the session, ensure that there are no distractions, and adjust their child’s individual learning style. You can teach your child important lessons about the environment.

    Most children use digital technologies for recreational purposes. There is immense concern among parents about excessive screen time. However, when learning becomes remote, these technologies must be harnessed for a different purpose. Keeping kids motivated, disciplined and engaged is a huge challenge in remote learning.

    5 Remote Learning Tips For Your Children in 2023

    While it’s impossible to predict how our kids will learn in 2023 and whether things will remain as they are or they will change going forward, it’s essential that we prepare ourselves and our kids for new learning and teaching environments. We can help them with a few basic inputs.

    1. Scheduling: Schools that provide remote learning usually design schedules similar to the regular school timings. However, it’s difficult to stick to a routine with no compulsion to be on time for the school bus or the bell-ring at the start of classes. Subject-wise, if your kids’ lessons are mirrored on the school schedule, it’s a big plus. Remember to give smaller and more frequent breaks, so there’s time to de-stress. This could be challenging if you’re also on a WFH (work-from-home) schedule, but supervision is essential. Just try not to hover!
    1. Designate a Space:This is an effective way to transition into remote learning. Set up a space used exclusively for learning, as distraction-free as possible. This helps kids make the maximum use of their time without wasting precious moments hunting for paper, phone chargers, or headphones. Instead, stock up on stationery, and arrange all the relevant textbooks and reference material on a shelf that’s easily accessible. Ensure that the printer ink is filled, there is a comfortable chair and desk, and proper lighting and power sources. If you have more than one kid, separate the learning spaces widely enough, so there’s no bickering and squabbling. Get rid of things you don’t need to free up more learning space.
    1. Provide the right resources: Well before the start of the term, connect with the school and teachers to check about necessary resources. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, they may need additional resources. On the other hand, they may have already set up learning and interacting tools and virtual learning environments. Ensure that your internet access, laptop with standard software including office productivity suite, data plan, and any other resources recommended by the school/teacher are in place. Siblings can share the wi-fi connection, but they will need separate resources based on their level of learning and schedules.
    1. Help To Stay on Task:Without the constant presence of a teacher or school-disciplinary system, students find it difficult to stay motivated and focused. If your child is young, you may require much more involvement, whereas with older children, helping them with goal-setting, time management, and encouragement to complete the task is important. In addition, breaking tasks into smaller chunks will help kids to complete assignments more easily.
    1. Stay in Touch: The biggest hurdle to remote learning is the feeling of sudden isolation. Parents must recognize this social need, and help kids to connect with their peers through video calls, group chats on Zoom or Google Meet. Designate a time for this, and make sure you stick to it. For older kids, it’s important to have privacy too. If your kid is interested in a particular hobby, find peer connections that match so they can bond over a shared interest. As a parent, you must stay in touch with other parents, teachers, and the school. Have a mental check-list that you go through at the start and end of school time:
    • Which subjects do you have/were studied today
    • Any tests or assessments coming up/How did you fare
    • What part of any learning was hard and why
    • Did you have adequate resources
    • What part did you enjoy and why
    • Do you need any help with assignments

    Final Word

    Just because the learning is remote doesn’t mean you have to distance yourself as a parent. You still have the responsibility to stay involved, provide resources, ensure that your kid is comfortable, and not stressed, and, most importantly, learn!