There has been a paradigm shift in imparting education due COVID 19 pandemic. Virtual classes or distance learning took over classroom teaching. This sudden shift was challenging for everyone. Schools were not equipped to roll out a virtual learning plan and teachers, students and parents had to be trained to the new medium of instruction.
The present scenario requires better time Management strategies for parents and students to maximize their productivity and have a balanced approach to home learning.
Set a Schedule
Time slots can be provided to every activity, be it independent reading time, physical activity, breaks, chores or leisure time. Keeping in mind reasonable expectations according to the child’s age, time scheduled for various activities should be built up gradually.
Older students, with some adult help, can be encouraged to make their own timetable and can set reminder alarms on their phones for each time block. This will also help them ascertain a sense of achievement within the specified time limit.
Prioritize the Workload
Students can be assisted in prioritizing assignments. Trial and error methods will eventually make them understand what model works best for them. Socializing while working on their lessons in a group setting could be beneficial for some. Parents too can prioritize their time amongst their children while helping them in their studies
Help Children Stay Focused
Dedicate one area in your home without distractions like toys, gaming devices etc explicitly for student’s learning and homework. Parents would still need to keep checking on them and bring them back on track lest they get distracted. This can be challenging for those parents who are working from home themselves. Norman, who provides online tutoring to students, suggests to reward them with a 10 minute or so break in between to do what they wanted to as a motivation to stay focused.
Build in Breaks
Continuous sedentary work burns out children much faster than adults. Short breaks for physical activities, creative pursuits or fun brain teasers can help break the monotony. What is important is that these should be ‘off devices’ breaks as there is already an increased screen time due to distance learning in a student’s life
Make a Plan for Screen Time
With schooling going online, children at home have to share the digital devices available at home. Parents will have to prioritize the access to a particular device based on the nature and deadline of the assignment.
Don’t Forsake Sleep
It is increasingly important for parents to ensure that the sleep-wake cycle of the children is not disturbed. A lot is happening these days. Switching gears may not be easy for them. The children should be encouraged to follow a pattern and not procrastinate.
Make Room for Mental Health
The new norm of life is naturally generating feelings of stress and parents have the added responsibility of helping children through the remote schooling and loss of familiar lifestyle. It is very important to re-evaluate your family’s priorities and put your child’s health, safety and happiness first. By setting an example of positivity and optimism children will be encouraged to stay on course