Rethinking Education in 2023
The Challenge to Learning
Students are back in the classsrom despite learning loss suffered during the pandemic. Yet teachers, parents and students have adapted. Parents still have to juggle jobs, childcare and homework.
Parents: Be realistic
Keep a consistent set of rules and expectations at home. Whether it is doing homework, or time spent reading, four out of five school days ought to be associated with learning.
Parents should expect to check the progress of student work. If children are not engaged - or they do not receive timely feedback - they tend to tune out or act out.
Differentiate by age
As children grow into teens, school work evolves. It involves deeper comprehension, making connections across content areas, and engaging in abstract and critical thinking. It also requires that students take on increased responsibility for their own learning and behavior.
- Find out more about teaching reading.
- Learn that math can be fun
- Science is a perfect way to integrate learning with crosscutting concepts.
Parents are our first teachers
Here are some tips for supporting better learning at home:
- Read every day.
- Set up a study environment, and set a regular time to do school work.
- For younger students, have them read aloud. Avoid too many corrections. Help them sound out words.
- Ask them to predict what will happen next, even if you have read the story 10 times.
- Mistakes and struggle are an essential part of learning. They are not intentional.
- Take a deep breath if you find yourself getting frustrated with a child. Be patient. Avoid anger. Be ready to adapt.
Technology is your co-teacher
Don't worry about ChatGPT just yet. Most schools have integrated technology like Google Classroom onto instruction. Some parts of each lesson may be in the form of prerecorded lessons. Assignments are often submitted electronically. Don't be afraid to have your cchildren explain the technoloy to you. Two apps favored by teachers include Flipgrid and SeeSaw.
Google is your friend
Don't know something? Learn to ask Google. You will get better and better with practice.
Google Classroom is an extremely popular learning management system used by schools. Every student has a protected, private email. They can see and submit assignments online.
Check out this Parent's Guide to Google Classroom.
|Read The Parent Challenge on Rick's Blog for an in-depth treatment of this topic. You will find additional teaching tips and methods.|
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