Real-Life Lessons: Navigating Virtual Learning By Latasha Schraeder

Most of us have survived our first two weeks of some form of virtual learning. This process has certainly been a lesson in patience, flexibility, and technology. Students are navigating an unprecedented school year. Let me reassure you that unprecedented does not equate to unsuccessful. Remain positive and know that our children are likely more technically savvy than are we!

To make this process a success, please be sure to stay in frequent contact with teachers to communicate any support your student needs. For example, is your student able to access all documents? Is the teacher timely in responding to questions? To communicate clearly, your children need to document any technical difficulties experienced, i.e., sound, connectivity, etc. Ask your children if they are able to keep up with the pace of online classes. Is he or she able to easily access links, homework, and assignments? Is there anything the school can do to make this experience more manageable? Perhaps the expectation that students are online for six hours is not feasible. Is there an opportunity to meet with teachers after the virtual school day? These are all things to consider when communicating what is necessary for learning to occur.

As part of this process, we’ve all learned that virtual learning is a huge undertaking for parents considering we must monitor our children’s learning during the day, help them navigate connectivity and technological issues, and then help them with homework. Think about ways to make virtual learning less of a lift. For example, ask teachers to record his or her lessons for viewing later in the day. Maybe your student cannot log-on on a certain day of the week because of scheduling conflicts. Communicate the conflict with your teacher. Again, communication is key! I assure you; you are not the only one finding these times challenging. I, for one, have had to make many small adjustments to make this work. To make this time manageable, we all must be willing to think outside the box. I wish you and your family peace of mind as we continue to learn in new ways.