Never in a million years did I think I would be working my 2nd grade Mandarin Immersion student or 4th grader through their school days.
The virtual learning curve at the end of the last school year throughout this one may be one that we all feel for a while. I often hear politicians and district officials talk about how our children will overcome this last year and a half and the resiliency kids show.
I hear of the hero teachers and their quick adaption to new teaching platforms, we are lucky here in Delaware – they truly are amazing. However, one of the key players of this trifecta is usually left out, the parent.
Virtual Learning For Parents
Relearning a lesson that was taught to us years ago and so differently is HARD. I caught myself a few times using phrases I dislike – “I don’t know how to get the answer, but that is the answer”, or the infamous “Google it”. Trying to teach my 8 & 9-year-old children a skill that I no longer possess was some kind of special self-reflection and frustration. On the other hand, knowing an answer to a problem or question and having to watch them struggle with something I can so easily help with was very hard, but watching her learn and the pride radiating from her was something I will never forget.
My 4th grader was working on long division – something that I know, still use to this day. He struggled, we used multiplication charts we wrote it out in a million different ways and he would continue to come up with the wrong answer. I was so frustrated with him and discouraged. One day when I hear his teacher ask in her zoom meet if anyone needed any help I chimed in “Yes! We need help with division!” Later that day she had a special math zoom and showed the kids this trick I never would have thought to show him, low and behold the kid can divide now with little to no assistance!
Lessons I’ve Learned
Virtual learning has taught me, as a parent that it truly takes a village. I’d like to think I know most, if not all of what my children need to know, yet having to realize and accept that I do not wasn’t something that came naturally.
Throughout this last year and a half, the best advice I have received and I would like to share is
- Communicate with all of the school staff; from teachers to counselors and front office staff, everyone plays an important role both at home and in the building.
- Trust but verify; check your child’s work to the best of your ability. If you aren’t able to check the work at least check your email or notifications on any school apps to make sure that a teacher hasn’t reached out to you for one reason or another.
- It’s okay not to know it all; a teacher has your back, take peace in knowing that you’re not alone.
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