Parents play a pivotal role in reducing teaching workloads
Navigating through the ‘hows and whys’ during these uncertain times without research or experience can be confusing for everyone involved!
Although we aren’t able to guarantee that planning will go on smoothly, it’s clear that online learning will still play a huge role in education because there’s a limited number of students allowed to be physically in classrooms and that learning schedules happen on a rotational basis!
This means that students in these selected schools will be learning in school on some days and expected to learn from home for the remaining days.
To leverage the ability for students to do online learning, parents must transition to take on the role of educators at home so that common goals can be accomplished together!
1. Get involved: Encourage parents to collaborate!
A common challenge for teachers is receiving the support and direct involvement from parents in their child’s education. With so many responsibilities already riding on their shoulders such as working, managing household needs and keeping their families safe, the added responsibility of teaching their child can be burdensome.
To encourage parents to help with monitoring student learning from home, teachers can suggest various ways parents can get involved.
Busy parents that only have 10 minutes to spare can arrange checkpoints to keep students accountable.
Alternatively if a parent has more time, they can support by going through all the layers of learning with their child and be involved in lesson activities such as in this FrogSchool lesson when their child is learning from home.
A great example of the positive effects of collaborating with parents is evidenced by SJK(C) Choong Cheng whereby engaging parents through meetings and sharing sessions for extracurricular activities led to many amazing opportunities!
“Parents have always been the backbone of our school, and if it weren’t for their support, SJK(C) Choong Cheng wouldn’t have achieved so many great things.”
Have a question?
We understand that some learning concepts can be difficult to teach.
Parents can submit their questions to teachers who have created our FrogSchool lessons or sign up their child for an online class through this online form!
2. Let’s talk: Communicate student progress
Research shows that students are more likely to pay attention to their studies when parents monitor their progress closely. A great way for parents to support teachers and their workload is to help monitor lessons and academic improvements at home.
Communicating openly and kindly is an important element of teamwork especially during the pandemic because parents and teachers are so reliant on giving and receiving digital instructions to teach.
We encourage parents and teachers to decide on their approaches to engage students in their learning and how frequently student progress is monitored to ensure goals are clear and aligned.
For example, if a parent understands that their child is weak in Mathematics, they should be encouraged to ask for help from teachers. Support from teachers can come in the form of explaining the learning concepts to the students online or advise supplementary lessons for the student to take.
An example of parents using technology to effectively communicate can be seen through SK Sungai Abong. The school set up group chats to create a Parent-Community task force where parents can reinforce student performance and receive support from others.
“Some parents have also created their own learning groups where they meet up to help one another.”
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It takes a village to raise a child!
When students are physically away from school, it can feel like an isolating experience for many parents and teachers. Not all things will go as planned and even the “simple task” of getting an online class of students to settle down at the start of lessons can be challenging!
We want parents and teachers to know that you are not alone and we want to encourage you to be part of a community that can help build a dynamic and supportive teaching and learning environment at home!
Stay tuned for our next article!
We’ll be sharing how parents and teachers can engage students to have fun with learning from home!
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