Supporting Distance Learning at Home
As families prepare for a new school year in which distance learning continues, here are some resources to support children's learning.
From the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Stanford Project on Adaptation and Resilience in Kids (SPARK)
Supporting Distance Learning: Tips for Caregivers
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Keeping Kids Motivated "Safer at Home"
- Set predictable routines so students can “self-pace” or know what is expected of them.
- Provide "brain breaks" for your child, with more frequency if they're younger. This will break up monotony.
- Do something physical. Getting oxygen to the brain will wake it back up, and get rid of the sluggish "feeling"
- Younger students enjoy GoNoodle (parents can sign up for an account)
- Consider an incentive system. Use charts with stickers, or points that students can accumulate for on-task behavior. Rewards can be low-cost prizes or more time with a preferred activity (i.e. TV, playing with toys, a game, etc.).
- Offer an alternate schedule. Work together with your student to decide when things get done. If kids feel more freedom, they might be more willing to work. Designate what is non-negotiable beforehand (for example: assignments complete by Friday).
- Offer voice & choice. When students have a say in things, they can become more motivated. Let students choose if they want to do certain subjects/classes first, or if they want to lay on a pillow while working, or work with music on, etc.
- Check out additional activities designed specifically for GATE Enrichment and Visual and Performing Arts that are available for students in PowerSchool Learning (gopusd.com/remote). These activities may engage their thinking in different ways.