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Coronavirus disrupted my kid’s first year of school. Will that set them back?

Coronavirus disrupted my kid’s first year of school. Will that set them back?

The Conversation – Elizabeth Rouse Parents may be concerned about how this year’s disruption has affected their kids. But how worried should they really be? Parents should remember that while remote school may look different to “normal” school, children are still being taught; they are still learning and many are still actively engaged in the curriculum. Teachers are still teaching, developing lessons and engaging with children in their learning. Here are four other things to keep in mind. Read...
Homeschooling 101: Tips for Parents Adjusting Virtual Learning With Kids

Homeschooling 101: Tips for Parents Adjusting Virtual Learning With Kids

Language Magazine – Ruth Veloria For the past decade, I have seen firsthand how students may benefit from certain elements of online education that help ensure a more effective learning environment. But, as my children’s schools closed in the wake of coronavirus, even I have struggled at times to make the transition to working mom and teacher of three teenagers who are now going to school virtually. Read...
Using digital tools for engaging remote STEM instruction

Using digital tools for engaging remote STEM instruction

E-School News – Robert Low Providing science and math content online can be relatively straightforward, but engaging students in true distance learning requires more than just transmittal of information. Secondary students in particular need to be able to see and ask questions during remote STEM instruction, such as during laboratory experiments or when receiving feedback when developing their own solutions to math problems. Read...
How to Tell if Distance Learning Is Working for Your Kid

How to Tell if Distance Learning Is Working for Your Kid

The New York Times – Kim Bosch Most parents never expected they’d be in grade school again, and yet, here we are: the alphabet, the multiplication tables, the order of colors in a rainbow …Despite the best efforts of compassionate teachers who are attempting to form connections with their students over Zoom, parents are still playing a big role in online education this fall. They hover over the computer, print the cutout activity (and provide the scissors), and find the bean seed and the paper towels and the plastic cup and water and watch something grow (hopefully). “Don’t forget to document your findings!” Parents will help them do that, too. Read...
‘Seeing my son’s development was incredible’: the parents sticking with home schooling beyond lockdown

‘Seeing my son’s development was incredible’: the parents sticking with home schooling beyond lockdown

The Guardian – Amy Fleming It’s no secret that imposed home schooling during lockdown was tough on many parents. By June, one in three women and one in five men reported difficulties to the Office for National Statistics. They also said that a child in their house was struggling to continue their education at home; just under half said home schooling was negatively affecting their children’s wellbeing. Read...