Parents and caregivers want to help their kids succeed whether they’re regular homes learners or temporary ones, assisting their children who are remote learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that’s needed for that success is for home educators to define virtual learning expectations for kids.
When kids know what is expected of them, they can better focus while in their virtual learning spaces. For those who are struggling to know what’s best for their kids, these tips can help create a virtual learning plan that incorporates expectations and much more.
Managing Virtual Learning Expectations
When students are at school, their teachers have expectations for them that help things run smoothly. When students are at home, there should be similar expectations for them. When it comes to online learning, homeschoolers can look to experienced teachers for assistance with managing virtual learning expectations. These tips, some from Teachstarter, may help.
Keeping a Virtual Learning Schedule
Setting expectations for kids is important, but without a schedule that’s encouraged and monitored, students may not meet expectations. A schedule should include all things in a child’s day, not just their scheduled class times. Particularly for kids who aren’t accustomed to virtual or remote learning, such as those who are learning remotely because of the coronavirus, a well-written schedule will make sure nothing important is missed.
What belongs on a schedule for kids who are virtually learning?
Virtual Learning Tools
In addition to having a schedule, students will also need the right tools, mostly in the form of technology, to meet the expectations set for virtual learning.
These remote learning tools are a necessity:
These remote learning tools may not be necessary but may be helpful
Creating A Virtual Learning Space
Where children sit to do their online classes and other school work is critical. Although not everyone can create an in-home virtual learning studio--a separate room set up just for school activities—all students benefit from a designated, comfortable workspace.
A designated space to work during virtual learning schedules will help kids feel safe and in charge of their learning, according to Good Housekeeping. That means they need more than a specific desk (or table) and chair each day.
A well-set up space also helps to set virtual learning expectations for students. They will know where they are to be each day. They will also be prepared to meet expectations when virtual learning activities begin. Here are some ideas for creating a space where virtual learning experiences for students can be met.
What is a virtual learning environment, and what does it look like for others? These visual examples of virtual learning environments from Indy with Kids may be helpful. There are several photos of what parents have set up for their kids in their own homes, including homes that have little space.
Managing virtual learning expectations for kids takes some effort, but once these tips are implemented, parents will find the days will go smoother. They’ll also find that students are equipped to be successful at meeting expectations.