During online learning, teachers are tasked with the responsibility of giving your child the best education possible through a computer screen. This can be increasingly difficult, but there are things you can do to increase your child’s interest in learning. Teach your child how to be a good student during online learning by following these easy steps! In no time, your child will be a star student in their teacher’s eyes!
Teach your child rules for the classroom, group work, and school
Ask either their teacher or your child for a list of the classroom rules. Teachers generally have rules for class time (Zoom Norms) with all students. They also have rules for group work (Breakout Room Norms) and school wide rules. Make a list of each rule group. Then, make sure to go through each rule and its importance in each scenario. For example: each person gets a turn when participating in group activities. Explain that when we value all ideas and opinions of our teammates, we can have more fun when we work together and produce impressive collaborative work! Make sure to revisit rules to reinforce them, especially when appropriate opportunities arise.
Teach your child the “Golden Rule”
We all know to treat others the way we want to be treated, but does your child know why we do this? Review the Golden Rule’s importance and value by reading “The Golden Rule” by Ilene Cooper. After reading the book together, reflect on ways your child can use the Golden Rule while in class or in daily life. Give your child a daily challenge of writing 3 ways they used the Golden rule. Ask them how it made them feel and how it made the other person feel. This at-home lesson can transfer over to their behavior and personality in class. Students who work collaboratively and respectfully during full class time or group work tend to have higher grades and a more engaging experience during class time.
Encourage positivity and uplifting behavior
What if I told you to not think of an elephant? You’re probably thinking of an elephant now, aren’t you? Telling a student to not miss deadlines or to not mess up on a really important assignment will only put the idea in their mind. Try using positive and uplifting phrasing when encouraging your child to try to do their absolute best. For example, try asking your child if they have all of their deadlines organized and written out. Encourage them to put forth their best effort for a big test so they can earn a high grade. This will not only keep your relationship with your child positive and uplifting but will help them envision their success and not their failure.
After modeling this at home, students will begin to adopt these positive behaviors and phrasing into their own lifestyles i.e. school! Students are more likely to work diligently and with more confidence when they see their future success more so than their failures.
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