In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many school districts have continued to implement a virtual or hybrid learning style among their students. As parents, you may be wondering, “How can I help my child maintain a positive mindset?” or “How can I help increase the value of activity?” At Educate Midland, we understand the importance of supporting our students in their social, emotional, and academic growth during the pandemic. To better assist in student motivation, below, we’ve provided some of the best techniques for parents and caregivers to help maintain their children’s positive mindset during virtual learning.
Reflect on Previous Months
We encourage that parents and students set aside time for self-reflection. Depending on how your child bests processes and communicates information, children can reflect by creating a list of accomplishments or drawing ideas of what they think worked out and what didn’t. By having taken a step-back, children have an easier time preparing for and addressing issues they previously faced. From here, they can learn and better adapt to the situation, thus creating a better outcome.
Set Up More Social Learning Opportunities
The pandemic has made it very clear that it really does take a village to raise a child. For your child’s social, emotional, and academic growth, we recommend that parents lean more into social learning opportunities. Students can do this by getting more support from peers, such as getting involved in clubs and other activities. Other ways can be through virtual 1 on 1 tutoring or simply doing schoolwork with friends over online, face-to-face platforms. Social opportunities are one of the primary losses that students have suffered from with continued remote learning. Creating virtual social interactions will help them maintain a more positive mindset.
Focus on Physical Activity as Much as Possible
As strange as the school year has been, so have been the activities after, given various social distancing measures and limitations within school districts. That’s why we urge parents to do what they can to keep their children engaged in fun and creative activities. After all, research suggests that increasing physical activity also increases the daily quality of life as well as academic performance.
This also goes hand-in-hand with screen time limitations. Zoom, video games, social media, and other virtual platforms immediately increased the already excessive time children and teens spend with technology. Limiting this screen time now will make it easier for them to spend more time doing active activities and make it easier for children to engage socially and academically when school goes back to normal.
Keep Lines of Communication Open
Allowing space for children to talk about their emotions, positive or negative, can help them relieve stress and tension, provide comfort and boost confidence. It’s important to ask open-ended questions about how they’re feeling; for example, ask what they are excited about or what’re they concerned about. Engage them in conversations about how school is starting the year with continued virtual learning and help them prepare emotionally and socially for how that may affect them.
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