One of the most common questions with online learning is “What is the parent’s role?” Although online schools often explain curricula and services, the role of parent involvement is often viewed with worries.
Let’s clear up the reservations.
Online learning is no different than other types of schooling; parents are vitally important to student academic success. For some reason, parents think that the format of online learning changes this fact and that magically their ward will receive everything that’s educationally necessary via the school e-learning. Not true. No matter the school format, the interaction and support of parents is necessary for achievement, encouragement, and accountability. No school can replace a parent’s role but where a school ends, parenting begins, and vice versa? Here a few pointers to help out parents.
Parents are in charge. Online teachers aren’t a replacement for parenting or discipline. As a parent, your role is to enforce rules and raise your child according to your family’s principles. You are the person in control of your child’s education, not school districts, principals, or teachers. You make the choices.
Get involved. Online learning requires parents to help with lessons, basically functioning as a “learning coach.” This could involve explaining concepts, helping with homework, arranging extracurricular activities, speaking with teachers, and enforcing study habits. (By the way, this the same thing all parents should do, no matter where a child attends school.)
You model behaviour. Clearly, parents are role models. We encourage you to insist on the site learners should visit. Ensure they learn hard work. Teach persistence, in spite of difficulties? Impact positivity. As a parent, you reap what you sow, and this is even more apparent with online learning when you (and your family) are in closer proximity with your at-home learner(s)
Our goals. Without a destination, online learner(s) will quickly give up. Our focus remains to ensure no gap between teachers and learners, hence, include your own expectations. Combine goals to something realistic and achievable. Write goals down and place them where your child can see them!
You aren’t alone. As a parent, you have the school contacts. Don’t hesitate to use this valuable resource. Make a call, send an email, or text message is what you’re expected to do. They are there for you, so utilize this support. Also, make sure you are on the School WhatsApp group.
Together, Success is sure