Few students currently join their teachers virtually in the digital classroom via video conferencing. Instead, parents are challenged to help kids learn at home. Here’s how to make it work.
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GEW school expert Ilka Hoffmann has formulated 10 tips on how parents can help their children learn while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- 1.Agree with your children on rules for learning at home! The rules should provide fixed times for learning, but not imitate the school day. Especially the biorhythm of teenagers contradicts the early morning start of school, which is rather dictated by the working rhythm of adults.
- 2.Do not overtax your children! Base your homeschool learning on what each school recommends. But also, especially allow older children and teens the freedom to decide for themselves what they want to work on and in what order. Weekly plans can be created for this purpose, in which a general weekly workload is specified, but not the specific learning volume for the individual days.
- 3. Always take into account the emotional burden that the special situation also places on your children! Talk to them about their problems if they are preventing them from learning. While maintaining daily routines can help them cope. If you insist too strictly on adherence to the routines, however, you achieve the opposite of the intended goal, especially with pubescents.
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- 4. Use every opportunity that allows children to connect with their classmates while learning! Especially for young people, who tend to follow their peer groups rather than adults, this is essential for successful learning processes. Numerous online offers (such as simulation games) provide interesting opportunities for learning together. The usual social networks can also be used to discuss factual topics together.
- 5. Make sure your kids don’t experience learning as coercion and drill! Leave room for playful forms of learning, such as those that can be implemented via memory, dominoes and quiz-like formats, but also through digital offerings. Also encourage your children to make their own suggestions and implement them together with them. This is itself already an important part of the learning process and promotes learning motivation.
- 6. Agree with your children on a daily documentation of their learning processes. This can take the form of pictures or a list of cues dictated to parents for first-time school learners, or a learning journal for older children. For young people, digital forms of documentation are also conceivable, for example via learning forums in which classmates exchange information with each other about their learning processes.
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