Families need guidance from schools on how to create effective learning environments at home. Share the following tips:

  • Create a flexible learning space. Your child may like to sit at the kitchen table to do math problems but prefer to sit on the couch to read. Giving kids a choice of where to complete work can result in greater learning.
  • Check in with your child throughout the day to find out how he’s feeling. Ask questions such as, “What emoji best represents your mood right now?” or “What color represents how you are feeling?”
  • Schedule frequent breaks. Students need breaks every 20-30 minutes to maintain focus and energy.
  • Incorporate exercise and play into the day. Physical activity has been shown to improve children’s memory, attention, mood and cognitive function. Unstructured play allows kids to practice social-emotional skills and creative problem-solving.

 

Five strategies for getting students back on track

When students, teachers and staff return to school buildings, educators will be faced with helping students get back on track. Chalkbeat.org has identified five research-based strategies that school leaders and policymakers might consider:

  1. Extend the school day or school year to make up for months of missed school.
  2. Provide extra tutoring during the school day for groups of students who are struggling.
  3. Loop elementary school teachers with the same group of students next year to provide a sense of familiarity for students when they return.
  4. Increase the number of mental health professionals available in schools, such as counselors, school psychologists, social workers and nurses.
  5. Integrate content regarding coronavirus into the curriculum to help students make sense of what is happening in the world.

 

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