As a parent one thing that we had successfully managed to outsource (though partially) was education / basic learning to schools and COVID took that away from all of us. Suddenly we all became full time educators / teachers from part time teachers for our kids with no warning, no training, no cooling period nothing. But I am happy to say we all survived or almost survived. While with Vaccination drives going on in full swing around the world and we are all hopeful that this period of our lives is behind us. But I am sure some of you think that may be it's not really all gone. Nonetheless its important that we prepare for a future where home based learning will become a key component in students lives.
So instead of grumbling about the inconvenience here are some tips to make the most of home-based learning sessions:
1. Create a dedicated Studying area: A studying area helps to sharpen one’s mind and improve concentration.
2. Encourage children to keep their desk tidy for an easy set-up, and have planning sessions before class where the child can make sure that they have everything they need within reach.
3. Prop up the camera to eye-level to prevent neck strains after long hours of studying. And have a table lamp or other right behind the camera so the face can be illuminated without increasing screen brightness (to reduce strain on the eye’s).
4. Reduce noise around the household when lessons are in progress.
5. Set Measurable Goals & Rewards: As with face to face lessons, the key is to set measurable goals so students can be accountable in their learning. Many digital softwares often have visible milestones such as progress bars and timestamps for easy tracking of the curriculum. Upon attaining a goal students should reward themselves with snacks or recreational time, so as to remain energised and motivated.
6. Physical Fitness: Physical fitness and mental fitness go hand in hand. So make sure kids are getting enough physical exercise / activity.
I am sure you have had varied experiences and learnings in the year 2020. So do share some of your learnings and best practices. Remember sharing is caring ;)
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