After an incredibly frustrating year, you may be wondering about the long-term impact on your kid’s learning.
But experts say it’s worth keeping things in perspective and that there are ways to support students this go-round (without having to supervise their classwork).
The pandemic situation was and still is a challenge. It is surprising that the education system somehow managed to handle it all well and that our children are still able to get their knowledge somehow.
„During the pandemic, some kids became isolated and detached from school,” says Matthew Kraft, Ed.D., associate professor of education and economics at Brown University. “We want to make sure that they reconnect with their learning environment, which will foster long-term success.”
1. Give Them Time to Settle In
Students, especially younger kids, will need to relearn—or learn for the first time—the fundamentals of classroom behavior, from raising their hand in class to working collaboratively with their peers on small-group projects. Wait a month or two before getting too concerned about whether they’re on par with their classmates.
Students who fell behind only slightly last year will likely make quick strides, picking up forgotten skills with a little review. “Once a child is back in the routine, the learning will happen,”
2. Share information with the Teacher
Chances are, you already have an inkling if your child is significantly behind, because last year’s teacher will have let you know. But all parents should think about what did and didn’t work for their child in remote learning.
Once the school year starts, you can observe and collect more specifics for the teacher. Can your child finish homework by themself? If they are struggling to read, which words make them stumble? Which words do they mispronounce? What kind of books do they prefer?
You can discuss this information during your first parent-teacher conference, but if you have concerns and the teacher hasn’t contacted you within a few months, don’t hesitate to reach out.
3. Remember the Big Picture
School is more than just academics.
Now that kids are back in school, relish the time they’ll have to connect with peers, learn to take turns, speak in front of an audience, and work together on a project—all the elements that are now possible because they’re together in person.
We’ve come together as a community and have weathered a once-in-a-century pandemic,Let’s celebrate all that we’ve survived and support those who need the most support.