As the world is finally coming to terms with the current global situation brought about by the novel coronavirus, humanity is trying to define the new normal. According to various organizations that are working to keep the situation under control, the pandemic might go on for a very long time – months, or even years. The lockdowns have forced almost all institutions in the country, including schools, to close. However, how justifiable it is to let the lockdown affect the education of the students, which is why schools have turned to digital study methods such as digital assignments and online classes on video conferencing apps.
Teachers all across the country are trying their best to cater to these new online teaching methods. Ask any teacher and they will tell you that students in classrooms have the attention spans of goldfishes which is very short. Handling students effectively in real classroom setups has been hard enough already, compared to that, it is now ten times harder with the online classes. It is impossible for teachers to decipher if their students are actually paying attention to online tutoring as they are at a remote location connected only with a screen.
In today’s scenario where it is not feasible to open schools, online tutorials are the only way to carry on with the student’s curriculum. But there is a possibility that online education may hinder the learning process for these pupils if something isn’t done to ensure they are actually paying attention and learning. This is where parents come in the picture. Before COVID19, the role of parents’ in their child’s education was limited to helping them with their homework or revising what they learned in school.
In the new education system, parents need to step up and play a crucial role. Parents might have to play the role of a teacher and a supervisor in the house. This means that they might have to get more involved in their child’s learning process where school authorities have no way to keep a tab on your child’s progress amidst this lockdown. An example of supervision would be, if your child is struggling to pay attention to the online instructor, remove the distractions while class is going on to maintain a learning-friendly environment at home. Ideally, a parent should not only help with homework, but also enforce good study habits in their offsprings with a proper studying schedule for every day, and help their child understand the concepts that might have been lost in communication during online classes. It is also advisable to have regular discussions with teachers about where their child is lacking.
How much a parent needs to be involved during online education depends on the grade their child is in. Adolescents in secondary and senior secondary schools can study from books by themselves and do not need as much help and guidance as the pupils in the lower grades do. When it comes to preschoolers or primary schoolers, most of their schooling is done through offline activities. It is very important for parents to engage their children in such activities at home which will help develop their child’s cognitive abilities. In addition to school requirements, they can refer to youtube or other online sources to find more activities they can do with their kids to promote learning and reasoning.
Apparently, online classes can never replace real classrooms, however, under these circumstances, this is the online way to have a continuing education system. It is therefore very important that teachers and parents work together to ensure continuous dissemination of quality education.