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Rethinking Education in 2023

The Challenge to Learning

Students are back in the classsrom despite learning loss suffered during the pandemic. Yet teachers, parents and students have adapted. Parents still have to juggle jobs, childcare and homework.

Parents: Be realistic

Keep a consistent set of rules and expectations at home. Whether it is doing homework, or time spent reading, four out of five school days ought to be associated with  learning.

reality check

Parents should expect to check the progress of student work. If children are not engaged - or they do not receive timely feedback - they tend to tune out or act out.

Differentiate by age

As children grow into teens, school work evolves. It involves deeper comprehension, making connections across content areas, and engaging in abstract and critical thinking. It also requires that students take on increased responsibility for their own learning and behavior.

Parents are our first teachers

Here are some tips for supporting better learning at home:

  • Read every day.
  • Set up a study environment, and set a regular time to do school work.
  • For younger students, have them read aloud. Avoid too many corrections. Help them sound out words.
  • Ask them to predict what will happen next, even if you have read the story 10 times.
  • Mistakes and struggle are an essential part of learning. They are not intentional.
  • Take a deep breath if you find yourself getting frustrated with a child. Be patient. Avoid anger. Be ready to adapt.

Technology is your co-teacher

Don't worry about ChatGPT just yet. Most schools have integrated technology like Google Classroom onto instruction. Some parts of each lesson may be in the form of prerecorded lessons. Assignments are often submitted electronically. Don't be afraid to have your cchildren explain the technoloy to you. Two apps favored by teachers include Flipgrid and SeeSaw.

Google is your friend

Don't know something? Learn to ask Google. You will get better and better with practice.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an extremely popular learning management system used by schools. Every student has a protected, private email. They can see and submit assignments online. 

Check out this Parent's Guide to Google Classroom.

Read The Parent Challenge on Rick's Blog for an in-depth treatment of this topic. You will find additional teaching tips and methods.


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