5 Tips to Kick-Start Virtual Learning for the New Semester
The second semester is already underway and now is the perfect time to sit down with your student to discuss academic resolutions for the new semester. Here are a few suggestions to help you make the virtual learning experience as rewarding as possible:
Your job as a Learning Coach is to help your student(s) set goals appropriate for their growth, confidence, and happiness. Virtual schools provide teachers and school counselors who support your student, so be sure to include them in your plan to reach those goals and measure progress. Keep in mind that kids usually have their own aspirations, so giving them the chance to set their own goals can teach them independence and responsibility. Don’t forget to celebrate successes along the way. You will be amazed at how your children’s confidence grows, too.
Give your kids the power to reach their goals by setting clear expectations and rewarding their achievements, but remember that consequences can be equally important in promoting success. As a Learning Coach, you are responsible for the daily activities of your students. Be aware of their lessons and assignments, and ensure they are using their time effectively. If you notice your student procrastinating, it’s important to address the issue quickly to minimize any problems it may cause. Using a daily assignment schedule and to-do list to break down important tasks can help create structure and keep your student on track.
Freshen up and declutter your student’s school area and get an early start on spring cleaning. Are there any items taking up a lot of space or potentially distracting the student? Take a quick inventory of what’s in your school area, group it into categories, and purge the items you no longer need. Read some tips from other families to help you stay organized in the coming months.
At times, life or work may demand that you have to be away from home. When that happens, we encourage you to share your Learning Coach responsibilities with another responsible adult for the time you are not available at home. This will ensure that your student continues to receive needed support, and it also creates a consistent virtual learning environment.
Ask for help
If you ever feel overwhelmed, just turn to the network of fellow Learning Coaches and teachers who are happy to extend their help and support. Many virtual schools like Connections Academy offer online systems that integrate several communication tools, such as message boards, to help students, parents, and teachers build supportive relationships in a safe environment. You can call the teacher, ask for advice on a message board, or exchange ideas and talk to other Learning Coaches at a school or community event.
You can also encourage your students to call the teacher directly when they get stuck or need additional explanation. Sometimes a quick phone call to the teacher can help get the schoolwork done much faster.
If you are considering enrollment in a Connections Academy online school, it’s easy for you to communicate directly with an experienced Connections Academy parent to get more specific details about being a Learning Coach and how our school works.
Close the books on last semester, make adjustments, and start fresh into a new semester. And remember, according to Phil, spring will be here soon!
Share with us how you prepare for a new semester!