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Remote Learning Tips For All

Remote Learning Tips For All

Remote learning was probably not what anyone expected to be doing by the end of 2020, but at this point, it seems less like an extreme measure and more like an inevitability. With social distancing still the most effective and widely available tool to stop the spread of the pandemic, schools are likely to remain at least partially remote for the foreseeable future, and there’s no reason to think that remote learning won’t continue to be a part of our lives going forward. It’s been challenging for students, teachers, and parents alike, but there are some tips that can make the situation better. 

For Teachers

There are many resources for remote learning for teachers, many of them incredibly valuable. These resources can go a long way towards helping you innovate on a new and unfamiliar platform. Trying different resources is as important on a digital platform as it was in classrooms. The difference is that you were already familiar with your physical teaching spaces. You knew how to use that platform to your advantage. You knew what worked and what didn’t. In the new reality, you must learn the platform before you can move forward. For many teachers, this can be intimidating, but it must be done.

Only after you have sat down and figured out how these digital spaces operate can you understand their strengths and weaknesses. Don’t immediately dismiss digital learning spaces as worse for student engagement and participation until you understand how they work. If you can figure out how they function, and you absolutely can, then you can figure out how to play to their strengths

For Students

For many students, the internet isn’t a platform that they need to learn, it’s the place where they have grown up and matured. What is new to them is having to build the structure for themselves. The routine of going to school every day has long been the heart of structure in their lives, but that framework has been removed. It’s important that they learn how to rebuild this framework of routine for themselves and practice every day.

For Everyone

All that aside, everyone, whether they’re parents, teachers, or students, will need to be ready to improvise and adapt. These are unprecedented times and they will call for unprecedented solutions. Creative solutions will be needed. What does this mean for everyone? Monitor yourselves, your students, and your children. Observe what is working and what isn’t. Share that information with each other. Then change your approach as you learn more and continue to observe. We are all the scientific method in action now, and we are all in this together.

Last and most importantly: be kind to yourselves and others. You are all under incredible strain right now, whether you realize it or not. Stress levels are high and will likely continue to be so. Change is hard, but sometimes it’s necessary. You may even find, once the change is made, that it’s an improvement. Remote learning can increase accessibility for many students, eliminate the need to brave dangerous conditions to get an education. It can create more opportunities for those students who want or need additional schooling outside traditional classrooms. Open your mind to the possibilities that change creates and you will enjoy the long-term benefits for years to come. 

Author’s Bio: Emily Burton has always been at the edge of innovation in the education industry.  After participating with various educational institutions Emily now dedicates her time to freelance writing and her family.  She enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons.

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