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How These 'Three Rs' Can Help Kids Struggling With Virtual Learning #rwanda #RwOT #FGO5周年

The struggle is real for kids right now, regardless of how academically inclined they have felt in past school years. Learning is hard. Full stop. However, virtual learning has its own learning curve in addition to the actual learning going on right now! Is your head spinning yet? Yeah, theirs are, too. Social media is helping to shed light on the issues virtual learning is causing in homes across the country, with numerous videos demonstrating just how emotionally taxing this “new normal” has become for many families.

However, kids need to know this isn’t normal. Elementary-aged kids sitting in front of computer screens all day isn’t normal. Missing “school” due to connectivity issues isn’t normal. Clicking a button to virtually raise your hand icon isn’t normal. Having to rejoin class 10+ times each day because of platform glitches isn’t normal. Most importantly, none of this is their fault. Yet, utterly frustrated sobbing children are becoming more and more defeated every day. What’s a parent to do? Remind, reassure and reset.

  • Remind your child that many, many aspects of virtual learning will be inherently beyond their control. These little beings are not tech wizards, and they shouldn’t be made to feel incompetent.
  • Remind your child that error messages, blank downloads, broken links etc., are not their responsibility as young learners.
  • Remind your child that other students are also struggling. Their peers may be more comfortable with certain aspects of virtual learning; it may come more naturally to others. However, no one is innately equipped to thrive in this virtual world — it takes time.
  • Remind your child that teachers are new to this, too. Their teachers would love to be back in the classroom interacting and exploring with them. They, too, are frustrated with the technology and expectations put on them.
  • Reassure your child that it will not always be like this — learning will return to normal. They will rejoin the brick and mortar classrooms and have an appreciation for in-person schooling like never before!
  • Reassure them that their teachers are on their side — they are rooting for student success and trying to shoulder the technology burdens whenever possible.
  • Reassure children that all of these challenges, while extremely frustrating, are helping them to become resilient. That with each unique difficulty, they’re learning patience, problem-solving skills, grit/determination, creativity and responsibility.
  • Reset the vibe in the room when things get emotional. It is OK (and necessary) to take a break and step away from the screen! Help your child reset when emotions run high:
    • Close the computer
    • Eat a snack
    • Run around the block
    • Jump on the trampoline (even a mini trampoline inside)
    • Juggle the soccer ball
    • Color in a coloring book
    • Snuggle with the family pet
    • Stretch on the floor
    • Blast some music for an out-of-control dance party — whatever you need to do to encourage a “mindset reset” when the tears start flowing.
  • Reset the negative self-talk. If you hear your child verbally beating herself up over her perceived shortcomings with virtual learning, don’t let it go unnoticed. Help her reset by reminding her of all of her strengths and talents. Tell her explicitly that any new difficulty or misstep does not negate these strengths and prior successes.

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source https://www.programage.com/news/How_These__Three_Rs__Can_Help_Kids_Struggling_With_Virtual_Learning_1602324018259534.html

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