If you know someone who was homeschooled, I’m sure you’ve heard some of their concerns like parents who weren’t trained to teach, the feeling of isolation due to lack of socialization and even parent-kids fight or argument getting in the way of learning. Some kids felt that they were just teaching themselves through eLearning apps; left to read, understand and do exercises alone. Another challenging task is to teach kids of different year levels with varying needs of guidance at the same time.
And imagine every parent given, asked or voluntarily shouldered the task of supervising their children’s education because of a virus. How are they coping up?
It is evident that teachers and parents should join hands in implementing distant learning procedures. Understandably, parents have to work from home and guide their kids’ learning at the same time. On the other hand, teachers who are working from home are also struggling to shift from traditional to digital teaching.
It is only by working together that we could make our learners feel that they are not alone nor teaching themselves in isolation. Little efforts like staying with the kids as they learn instead of just assigning them schoolwork and waiting for their output, has a big impact in their learning. It’s not easy but it will be worth it.