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You’ve seen the memes. They say things like “I’ve been teaching my child for six minutes now and I think teachers should be paid a million dollars a year.” And “My kid called me and said he missed the bus. I told him to get downstairs for school.”
If the coronavirus has done any good, it’s made parents realize that teachers have a difficult job.
Students with good study skills, time-management skills, and self-discipline are easy. In a virtual-learning environment, kids need to be self-starters. But most kids aren’t built that way and don’t learn that way. Big changes like we have all had, and having to learn online only adds to their difficulties. Kids who struggle in class can easily get lost online. They feel like they’re trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant. They log in and find themselves constantly behind, and they don’t know what to do first.
When kids are in classrooms, they have teachers to keep them in line and focused. But now that learning is taking place at home for the foreseeable future, parents are taking on at least part of that role.
Helping teach the kids at home may be somewhat easier with these tips:
Remember that every child learns differently. Some work well on their own and some need constant guidance. Some struggle with the technology and others need team-building and brainstorming opportunities. Work with your child to find out how they learn best and aim to create that kind of environment for them.
Jamie Dickenson, MBA, CEP
Independent Educational Consultant specializing in college admissions and financial aid, motivational speaker, business coach and owner of Jamie Dickenson, LLC., IEC Advisors, and Yoga Power, LLC.
Jamie Dickenson is not affiliated with Hartford Funds. Hartford Funds has separately contracted with Ms. Dickenson to provide additional insight about college savings issues.