New York, NY – Now that virtual learning is becoming the new normal, some students are struggling more at home than they did in the classroom. This can be contributed to connectivity issues and computer literacy. But there is also a lack of personal interaction, as well as a lack of socialization, which can lead to feelings of isolation.
Although there was a push to bring the students back to the classroom, sporadic Covid infections have caused precautionary steps to close schools to avoid any further outbreaks. Albeit necessary, distance learning has become problematic for many students. Some parents have voiced their frustrations and reached out to school administrators. Other parents find it difficult to motivate their children. Nevertheless, the need to improve student performance is paramount. Nothing beats a good education, but how can parents properly motivate their children in a Covid-19 world?
First, start by setting realistic and achievable goals. These goals should be daily, as well as short-term and long-term ambitions that lead to recognizable achievements, which can be celebrated and encouraged.
Secondly, it is important to understand that shame-based conversations are less encouraging than empowerment strategies that support improvement, instead of focusing on discouragement.
Thirdly, and far from last, it is always helpful to discover a child’s passion and connect them with rewards for good and honest effort.
As for learning spaces, create a good comfortable environment and establish some ground rules. Keep in mind, school provides structure as well as education. So, build a scheduled routine and provide reasonable expectations to allow for a healthy structured environment. Remember, expectations lead to accountability. Nurture effort and acknowledge improvement. Stay positive, be patient and be advised that these are troubled times for everyone. Therefore, it is important to understand that positive communication leads to a better synergy in the home.
Covid-19 has infected 54 million people worldwide and taken more than 1.3 million lives. Some experts say that pending the effectiveness of immunization, our country might see improvement by next spring if people choose to be inoculated. So, until then, act accordingly, because for now, this is life as we know it.
Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Ben can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.