blocho wrote: ↑
March 24th, 2020, 11:18 pm
Hey gang -- I'm writing this to solicit some thoughts and advice from the teachers among us.
As a former teacher, I was asked by my boss to put together an info session for all the parents at my company who are currently trying to organize/supervise their kids' education at home. I already have a lot of thoughts on this topic (#1: Do what your kids' teachers tell you to do), but I thought I might be able to pick up some useful ideas here. So two questions for any teachers out there:
- What advice would you give to parents who are trying to supervise their kids' education?
- If your current school is closed, what are you and other teachers doing to administer remote learning (in terms of applications, assignments, schedule, etc.)?
I teach middle school science and it's my first foray into long-distance teaching, so i'm not sure how it's totally going to go.
I think the most practical advice is to try to get the kids to explain things. Read over the instructions (or the text) yourself first if you want, but don't explain it to them. Have them read and re-read it and let them work it out themselves. Ask questions about it and patiently wait for the answer. Give them to the count of 20 to work it out for themselves. Too often kids learn that if they play dumb for long enough, someone else will take over and do it for them.
Second, teach the kid how to ask for help and that it's okay to ask for help. If my instructions are unclear in a way that I don't expect, show and explain to them that they need to advocate for themselves. They are entitled to education and knowledge which is a valuable thing. If they are frustrated it's their duty to themselves to speak up and ask for it to be re-explained in a different way. Too often kids just accept the falsehood that they can't learn stuff.
Third, stress how important education is. Ask to see what they did and express pride. It seems obvious, but too many parents just assume that their child knows they are proud of them. If they get 80% of the questions wrong, tell them they did a great job on the two they got right.
Fourth, keep an eye out on cheating. Absolutely nothing is stopping kids from copy/pasting a question into a google search bar and pulling up an answer and copying that back. I wouldn't totally mind except that it's often obvious when they do it because their answers make no sense in the context of the question. And going back to the first thing, they can't really explain their answer in a way that makes sense.