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Your Strategic Partner in Cultivating a Successful Learning Environment
From the Comfort of Your Home
During the current climate living through this pandemic, you as parent have probably done enough instruction that you could add teacher to your resume, and we are proud of you for making it all this way on your way, but no need to worry any longer, ReThink is here to save the day for any further teaching you'll have to do for as long as the kitchen and the dining room table is the classroom.
Teaching From Home
Whether you knew the subject at hand or not, it is now your job as a parent guardian to be the expert as schools have partially left the responsibility of instruction in your hands. So What Now?
Teach yourself first, and then teach your student so that you don't become frustrated with them or with the process. It is easy to become incredibly overwhelmed with at-home lessons, and we suggest among teaching yourself first, to learn together with your student along the way. It is easy to throw tasks to the student, but the best way out is through, and to do this, we have to become masters of adaption, and keep if the hat to wear today is that of a teacher's then today; you're a teacher.
Meeting the situation with a can-do attitude is the first step. Secondly, delivery of the context.
Take a small fraction of your tie if you have the ability to and look over what is supposed to get taught or completed for the day and deliver it in your style of choice.
More than ever, teacher-parent communication is super important for success in grades k-12. We are literally figuring out this new normal together and what is paramount in this very moment is collaborating our way through it.
Whether you design your own schedule to email, call or even text your child's instructor to stay up to date on what should be taking place so that your student refrains from falling behind on their educational journey, or check in multiple times a week to regulate yourself or even once a month, make it apart of your schedule to communicate with your student's instructor. Engagement is the only sure fire way to stay on track in a way that enforces the need to be in a classroom because you aren't missing out on a thing by being home with an informed parent.
If you aren't already doing so, it's never too late to establish a regular relationship with your student's instructor.
Discipline & Creating A Sense of Normalcy
Lack of Discipline is the antithesis of productivity, both in life and in the classroom. The easiest way to troubleshoot the woes of adjusting to the new normal is to quickly establish a new one. Normalcy is necessary for maneuvering seamlessly, and incorporating this into your student's life while at home can help them make that shift exponentially quicker than what they would have without it.
What I could recommend would be implementing a very real schedule with times visual to your student, just like they'd have at school to develop a routine. Make it, and stick to it as best you can. Whether your student's school day will start at 10am or 8am is up to you, but make sure they are aware of what is happening, when "lunch" is of course, and what is on the list to get done today. These small additions to your day will promote productivity, introduce discipline as well as structure and keep your student from falling by the wayside without direction.
Now, if you're anything like myself, if anyone on this earth asked me a math question passed algebra, I very literally will direct you to every resource available to help you because....I can't. English being my strong suit, numbers never were and we all have subjects we are better at than others.
Right now, as a parent at home you're being asked to know everything about or at least familiarize yourself about all things math, science, english, art, languages, history and everything else in between.
Unless you're Einstein, and you shouldn't feel pressured to be, you may come across something your student needs to learn this week that you may not know about or how to instruct them. The answer to this?
Call on all of your resources.
From virtual tutoring websites, to the older student down the street, to your cousin who is amazing at math, utilize and exhaust your options with the success of your student in mind.
ReThinking Bridging The Gap
Somewhere Between The Classroom and Your Home Is You
We often conceptualize the educational experience to be predominantly between the student and the teacher, leaving out a vital piece of the puzzle for success. Somewhere between the classroom and your home is you. You are the bridge between the gap, and without you, the chances for your student not to succeed increase dramatically. Knowing that this is not what any parent would want for their student, every parent/guardian has to assert themselves as the resource that is the solution to the problem. Becoming the parent that provides answers at the PTA Meetings, the parent who brings resources for the class to the school, the parent that becomes the coordinator for carpooling accountability, the parent who becomes the parent to the student who is without one, or even the parent who starts a parent group, you are needed. I'll let you in on a secret that whoever told you that as a parent you are supposed to pick up and drop off your student at school everyday lied to you. That is the bare minimum you could contribute to your student's process regardless of socioeconomic and financial situation you are in. I've see parents turn themselves into super heroes for schools, other students, and communities with very little resources, but the impact in return is astronomical.
You don't have to do all of these things I've suggested, but if a school has 500 parents, and one parent can commit to just one job thoughout the year, exponential change can take place right before your eyes.
Take a moment to ReThink Bridging the Gap between the classroom and your community today.
ReThinking Covid Classrooms
The Expert Adviser
Working from home during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a new challenge for many, especially for parents whose kids are now learning from home. Dr. Megan Tudor, a clinical psychologist at the world-renowned UC Davis MIND Institute, answers questions about how to create a productive environment at home and offers tools to help parents educate their children, including those with autism. Hosted by Pamela Wu, Director of News and Media Relations for UC Davis Health.
January 2022 Updates & Resources
Stay in the Know Monthly With Cheat Codes To Success
The first of every month ReThink will update is site with its best and most valuable resources, articles and tips to further enhance your depth of engagement in your student's journey.
This month's topic for shared articles?
"Corona/Covid-19 Distance Learning"
For all the parents at home who are doubling as teachers during these time, ReThink has your back. Check out these articles below that will assist you in making the transition as smoothly as possible. Whether you are a teacher already, or you were graced with the title during the pandemic,
Distance Learning Tips
With the kids home from elementary schools across the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Michelle Ferre, a fourth grade teacher at Maryland’s Crofton Elementary School, joins TODAY via Skype with advice on home schooling. She stresses the importance of a structured schedule and says YouTube has many videos that can help with curriculum.
Parent Tips on Managing Distance Learning at Home for Balance
We are all growing, learning and adjusting to distance learning from our homes. Our learning coaches offer these tips for a flexible and structured approach.
Tips To Support Parents and Children With Online Learning
When schools close, moving to an online learning platform for distance learning can be daunting. This video shares a range of tips and advice to support parents and children with the transition. There are many ways that you can get prepared and this video is a great way to start.