Tips for Distance Learning
We want to thank all of you for your care and partnership during this unique time. The impact of campus closures has altered our daily lives and routines in many ways. Although nothing can replace the wonderful energy we have at our schools, we are grateful for the care and dedication of our teachers. They are determined and committed to support our students through our Distance Learning Program.
During this unprecedented time, the Educational Services team wants to provide you with resources to support your efforts to keep you and your child balanced and engaged. We acknowledge that every household is unique and we recognize that not everyone has quiet neighbors, lots of empty space, etc. So please take these tips as just recommendations and use them as you see fit in your living situation.
6 Tips for Distance Learning
- Create an Optimal Learning Environment: Designate a learning space or spaces that is distraction-free, and allows your student(s) to access books, take notes, etc.
- During study times - consider limiting phone/social media access. We know when the phone is nearby, focus on work declines substantially. There may be times when phone access is appropriate during work time, like a group project or study session over the phone with friends.
- Establish a Routine: Consistent habits and expectations help bring a sense of order to students. Create a daily schedule with your child's input. It may take some time to adjust, so remember to be patient with one another. Maintain regular sleep routines and wake times as much as possible
- Encourage Exercise or Brain Break: Balance work time (yours and your child’s) with a brain break and/or physical activity. Research shows that brain breaks improve a student's attention span. Breaking lessons into smaller, manageable chunks of 20-30 minutes help students maintain focus and energy.
- Check in Every Morning and Throughout the Day: Ask your student questions regarding their classes. For example:
- Tell me one or two key things you learned today during class
- Tell me what you struggled with today and what are your next steps
- Describe to me how you can ask for help when you have questions about your learning
- Share with me something that made you laugh or smile today
- Stay Connected: Maintain social opportunities for you and your child via social media, FaceTime, or phone. This is especially important when it is easy to feel isolated and feel sad during the “Safer At Home” orders.
- Family Time: Since so much of your day may be online, disconnect from technology, and spend time playing a board game, cooking a meal, singing, dancing, or just reflecting.
- Use your Chromebook for educational purposes
- Keep passwords confidential
- Communicate only with people you personally know
- Report unsafe situations to an adult—see something, say something
- Be on time to live sessions
- Follow the rules for live sessions set up by your teacher
- Contribute to class discussions or ask questions
- Use school-appropriate language
- Dress appropriately
- Complete your assigned tasks and turn in on time
- Attend class meetings as assigned
- Ask for help during live sessions and/or your teacher's office hours
- Manage your time wisely