Tips for a successful remote learning experience

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 8:30am

Beginning the school year with remote learning is a big adjustment for students and families. To help the transition, we’ve outlined a few things that you and your child can do at home to have a successful remote learning experience. 

  • Create a calm workspace: Your child should have a study environment that encourages focusing and learning. This could be any place in your house where your child has a work surface such as a table or a desk, and relatively few distractions. If you will have multiple children working in the same space, try to find ways that they can spread out and consider having them use headphones to minimize extra noise in the workspace. 

  • Set and keep a schedule: Five Star students will be following a consistent schedule while in remote learning this year. You can view the elementary schedule here and the secondary schedule here. This should help provide students with structure and routine to help them succeed in remote learning. We also encourage families to consider having a regular morning routine, making sure students have time to eat breakfast and get dressed before school starts. 

  • Use a timer: A timer can help students navigate their day and help you as they transition through their schedule.

  • Build self-care into the day: When students have a break from online instruction and learning, consider activities they can do to allow for physical movement, outdoor time and connecting with others. 

  • The power of naming and knowing emotions: Anxiety and stress can manifest in many different ways. While it may seem like misbehavior, your student may be just communicating their feelings about the loss of going to school. Identifying the stages of grief:

    • DENIAL:  “This virus won’t affect us.”

    • ANGER:  “You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities!”

    • BARGAINING:  “Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right?

    • SADNESS:  “I don’t know when this will end.”

    • ACCEPTANCE:  “This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.”

  • Create a strong connection with the classroom teacher: Understand the best way for you and your student to communicate with the teacher. Reach out when you need help.