Why You’re Cut Out to Be a Virtual School Learning Coach
As revealed in a recent survey, greater parent involvement in a child’s education is one of the main reasons parents choose virtual school for their child. A parent’s (or other trusted adult’s) daily participation in learning activities shows children that education is a top priority and helps ensure their success. At Connections Academy, the person who supports the child’s education in the home is called a Learning Coach. The Learning Coach works closely with the student to help facilitate learning and also plays a vital role by keeping students on track and regularly communicating with their teachers.
If you are new to virtual school, you might wonder whether you can be an effective online Learning Coach for your child. But you might be surprised to find that you already have many of the skills you need to be a successful Learning Coach. You just need to know how to use them!
- Understand the different roles of students, teachers, and Learning Coaches.
- Find the virtual school resources you need.
- Establish a routine with a customized schedule.
As you transition into your new role, take a look at this list of abilities and at how you can apply them as a virtual school Learning Coach.
Discipline can help you form the foundation of your relationship with your child while he or she attends school from home. Exercising discipline means setting certain “house rules.” You’ll discuss expectations for your child’s classroom behavior and academic performance. Some of your regular responsibilities will be to take attendance, make sure your child completes each lesson, and measure his or her progress.
Your sense of discipline can also help you and your child stay focused throughout the school year. Hold your child accountable by helping him or her set goals and schedule deadlines. As your child gains independence and relies on you less, you can introduce new challenges and award more responsibility.
Compassion comes naturally when your child is concerned. It’s easy for you to recognize when he or she needs help or encouragement. Throughout the week, your compassion will help you decide when to:
- Give praise
- Plan to take relaxing breaks
- Try a fun educational activity
- Socialize on field trips, through clubs, or in the community
- Eat a healthy snack
For general support and advice, reach out to other parents within the virtual school community. Also, remember to find simple ways to make time for yourself.
The insight you have into your child’s personality, interests, strengths, and weaknesses will help you significantly when you become a Learning Coach. You can rely on your intuition and experience to experiment with new ideas, such as motivation techniques. Your understanding of your child’s specific needs will also allow you to develop an effective customized schedule.
Even if you don’t consider yourself very organized, you have the coordination and planning skills you need to prepare for the upcoming school year. You might have already guessed the simple steps you need to take:
- Designate an area to use as the home classroom.
- Set up the computer your child will use.
- Gather your school supplies.
Time management is another organization skill you’ll use to manage daily schedules. Flexibility will also help you adjust to change and adapt your methods accordingly.
Now that you know how to use your abilities to be a Learning Coach, you can start with confidence. Do you have any questions about the roles in virtual school? Ask away!