Is Your Child Actually Learning from Online Classes?
Unfortunately, the answer is probably not. At least, not as well as they were learning from in-person instruction. This Wall Street Journal article shows that standardized test scores dropped across the board after students had to begin online schooling in March.
Done right, virtual learning can be as successful as face to face learning. But because of the rapid effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers trained for in person instruction have been forced to learn a whole new teaching medium in mere months. Right alongside teachers, you and your child have also been forced to rapidly adapt to distanced learning (translation: headaches, WiFi problems, slipping grades, tears…the list goes on).
So what can you do about it?
1. Go to the Source
If you haven’t already, consider sitting down with your child periodically to ask about her perception of her academic performance. Getting a picture of how your child feels she’s doing can help shape your next steps.
2. Set Up a Parent/Teacher Zoom Meeting
On the bright side, meeting with your child’s teacher just got easier. Parent/teacher conferences no longer involve finding a sitter or driving to school. However, these meetings are no less essential. Your child’s grades are only a snapshot of her academic success, and talking with her teacher gives you a broader picture of where there might be room for adjustment.
3. Pass the Torch
Even before the pandemic, it was hard enough to balance your own work, home life, and social life, all while looking after the wellbeing of your family. Add in virtual school and extra health precautions, and things might feel like they’re toppling. A tutor can help with that. Even an hour or two a week of specialized tutoring can be invaluable to your child’s academic success.