A lot has changed since we started living through the new coronavirus pandemic. One of them is the temporary closure of schools as a measure of protection against the virus. And this has brought many challenges for children and parents who were not yet prepared to live the experience of the long-distance lesson.
However, if we look on the positive side we can learn a great lesson from all this: the appreciation of teachers and schools. If you are also experiencing this challenge, join me in this long-distance chat about class.
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What are the challenges of distance learning?
Anyone who is going through this situation has realised that it is not at all easy to apply this method to a child. However, in the classroom, teachers have all the ability and technique to deal with children, draw attention, teach and guide correctly.
Unfortunately, we parents don’t have all that expertise. Therefore, teaching at home is more difficult than it seems, even having resources available such as internet, computer, study material and online classes. Just imagine who doesn’t even have that opportunity? Yes, it’s a huge challenge.
Take a look at some of the main challenges of distance learning!
Maintain a daily rhythm of studies
Everyone tries and tries, but it’s harder to maintain a daily rhythm of studies. It’s not the same as waking up every day at the same time, having breakfast and going to class. Children get lazier knowing they can stay at home, parents don’t charge as much discipline in this regard and it’s hard to keep up the pace.
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Hint: to meet this challenge, implement a routine that is comfortable for everyone. In other words, children do not need to wake up too early, but they should have time to start and finish classes.
Pay attention in class at a distance
When there is no teacher around to charge, drawing attention and being interactive in the explanation, children lose focus and divert attention from what they are studying. It is very difficult for them to pay attention in a recorded class or a math book, for example.
Hint: If you can, follow the lessons with the children helping with explanations, activities and interacting on the content learned.
Disinterest in fulfilling school activities
Disinterest is one of the biggest challenges of distance learning. Children simply don’t want to study and don’t want to learn. Yeah, and that’s not just at home, teachers also face this disinterest of students in school activities.
Hint: understand the child’s interest and what motivates them to study. For example, learning through stories, dreaming of becoming a scientist, ease of learning about numbers, that is, something that awakens that desire.
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I’ve seen many parents, teachers and experts say that and I hope that advice helps you too: you don’t cover so much. It doesn’t cover the children that much! It is a difficult time that requires adaptation. We are not teachers, we do not have this gift, technique and capacity to teach our children.
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So take things lightly and don’t think this year will be lost. Fortunately we have the opportunity to be with our children at home, with the utmost protection against the new coronavirus.
And for you, what has been the greatest challenge of long-distance lesson with the children?