YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some students are just days away from heading back to the classroom while others are getting ready to start online. It’s a new way of learning for a lot of students, but there are things you can do to make the transition easier.
Online learning is nothing new, but the scale that it will be implemented this school year is causing a lot of anxiety for teachers and students.
There are a lot of distractions at home when it comes to remote learning, and experts say it is important to stay organized and have a schedule so you don’t fall behind.
Another tip is to have a designated learning space to keep distractions at a minimum.
K.L. Allen, with WGU Ohio, says the most important tip is to relax and don’t think you’re alone.
“Realize that the same quality is still there. You have that support system, you have your faculty, your mentors and at the end of the day, you have other students going through the same thing you are going through that will be a support system for you as well,” Allen said.
It is important to have clear communication with the school you attend and teachers.
Also, make sure you take breaks while learning online. Get outside and take a few minutes to re-energize.
For teachers, online learning comes with challenges as well. According to Teach for America, educators should establish a clear set of learning goals, consider multiple paths students might take to reach that goal, and break content into chunks to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed.
Also, be transparent about expectations. Give frequent feedback through online knowledge checks and comments on assignments. Stay connected with students through chats and other online tools to keep them motivated.
Teachers should also minimize distractions in their home like TVs and cellphones.
Allen suggests using the support system in your district and utilize the resources of other instructors.
“Now, you see everyone is scrambling to go online. Relax, make sure to take care of yourself mentally because we’re all in uncharted territory right now,” Allen said.
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