We Better Get Used to Remote Learning
The widespread coronavirus has forced schools around the world to close classrooms early, throwing a wrench in the educational trajectory for teachers and students. According to the World Economic Forum, more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries have been affected by school closures caused by the pandemic. Many have pivoted to remote learning and online courses, often taught by teachers who have had to quickly shift their entire curriculum and teaching materials to a digital platform.
New research estimates that by September, most students would have fallen behind by many months, with some students even losing the equivalent of a full school year’s worth of academic gains. Parents who have been quarantined in the house with their children have struggled to engage with them academically and have turned to tutoring services, mom blogs and even social media influencers to find creative and mentally stimulating ways to keep their children active.
Tutoring as an essential early-childhood learning tool
One of the areas where we’ve seen a lot of growth is the demand for homeschooling. We’re hearing a lot of parents saying that they don’t feel comfortable sending their kids back to school in the fall. With the biggest clientele age range spanning from kindergarten to sixth grade, we understand that asking for social distancing from children is a tall order. In addition to this shift, many parents are looking at tutoring to provide daily structure for their children.
For young children, kindergarten through sixth grade, nothing compares to classroom learning. But we believe that virtual tutoring services will continue to play an important supplemental role.
For students at a high school level, it’s really convenient to be able to schedule tutoring sessions online because they just have so many extracurricular activities. For areas such as test prep and AP courses, the virtual method seems to work best.
Advice for parents with children who may be struggling with remote learning
Being highly observant of your child’s behavior is key in identifying red flags, especially for those in their early years. The early foundational years from kindergarten through sixth grade is a significant piece of what sets students up for success. To best support a positive learning environment, we suggests looking at these three pillars:
1. Social belonging, where a student feels a part of the school community and engages regularly with peers and teachers alike.
2. Academic rigor, where a student feels like he or she can demonstrate critical thinking and feel like they’re being challenged with engaging courses.
3. Emotional stability, where a student feels good about learning and is generally happy to be mentally stimulated.
One of the key things that we have seen among children with the onset of COVID-19 is the increase in anxiety levels. Even before the pandemic, students face a lot of pressure in a competitive world. Everyone’s working hard to be successful, and we think that many children today are struggling with anxiety over schoolwork.
For many children who are unable to confide in someone, they simply shut down. If you notice your child’s anxiety levels growing because they’re comparing themselves to other children at school or because they’re struggling with their studies, reach out to a specialist. Anxiety and confidence are like two sides of a scale. When anxiety is up, confidence is down, and when anxiety is low, confidence is high. And one of the key indicators of a successful student and a happy learner is their confidence.
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