Tips for Successful Home-based Learning

This is a trying time for everyone.  We have provided some tips that are meant to be ideas and possible guidelines to help you be successful with home-based learning. 

Everyone will benefit if you create a schedule and develop a routine.

  • Scheduling is something that helps us to establish a sense of comfort and order through routine. 
  • Get up at a scheduled time, eat breakfast, use a hygiene routine, get dressed. 
  • Plan on work times, and play times. Go outside if you can.   Schedule times to eat (so snacking all day doesn't become a thing).  
  • Here are a couple of resources to help you set up a schedule.    NE department of Ed Creating a Daily Schedule     Khan Academy Schedules for school closures

Tips for Students

  • Treat remote learning as classroom learning
    • Even though you are home, remember the same rules apply as being in the classroom.  Focus on learning and don't get distracted by your surroundings. 
  • Use classroom language
    • Don't use shorthand text speak and write as though you would speak in class.  Remember to be respectful and polite and avoid posting negative comments or spamming the chat.
  • Take regular screen breaks
    • Prolonged periods of time in front of a screen isn't healthy. In your spare time, try to get some fresh air and enjoy other activities away from electronic devices. 
  • Always conduct video learning in an open space at home
    • Try to set up a mock 'classroom desk' at home in an open space so parents can supervise.  Avoid bedrooms as this could be considered inappropriate.
  • Only communicate through approved school portals and platforms. This will help keep your personal information safe and secure.
  • Stick to teacher rules and guidelines around online learning
    • Always maintain classroom behavior and try to remember that you are in a learning environment and not a social setting.
  • Dress for school
    • This will help as part of replicating classroom learning in the home.  Try to avoid wearing anything too casual as this could be deemed inappropriate for school.
  • Don't share passwords or sensitive information
    • In the same way you keep your personal details private, always keep these safe and never share them with others.
  • Don't use school platforms to discuss personal matters
    • Keep your school communication separate from your personal communication with friends and family.  Don't be tempted to engage in casual discussions or send images, videos or links via official school apps or platforms that aren't associated with your learning.
  • Look after your mental health and well being
    • Remote learning ultimately means working alone and missing out on daily social interaction with your friends. If you ever feel frustrated, low or sad, it's important to discuss how you feel with you parents or your teacher.  Keeping in touch with friends over the phone or on social media can also help to keep your spirits up.

Tips for Parents

  • Take an interest in your child's learning
    • Remote learning in new for your child and their teacher, there is bound to be some small issues along the way.  Help support them whenever they need a helping hand.
  • Monitor your child's communication and online activity
    • It is important to remind your child that despite being at home, the same level of behavior and conduct exists as if they were at school.  Encourage them to remain polite, use their manners and not post or send any negative comments just because they are behind a computer. 
  • Establish a daily schedule and routine
  • Encourage screen breaks away from devices
  • Encourage your child to get some fresh air/exercise. 
  • Ensure your learning device is in a public space in the home
    • It is important to consider where your PC or laptop is placed if live video is being used.  Try to keep the background neutral with no personal information visible and move learning devices out of the bedroom as this could be deemed inappropriate.
  • Implement safety controls and privacy restrictions on apps and software
    • While any software or apps the school uses should be relatively safe to use, parents should still implement safety controls as a precaution. 
  • Ensure your child only uses official school communication channels
  • Familiarize yourself with relevant school policies
  • Maintain feedback with teachers
    • Be transparent but remain professional and only use official channels to communicate.
  • Monitor your child's well being and mental health
    • Remote learning will likely mean that your child won't get the same level of social interaction and might not see their friends for awhile.  Keep a check on their well being and try to encourage them to communicate with their friends, possibly by phone, or by social app.