Navigating remote learning with younger children

We’ve all seen and heard stories from parents and teachers about struggles teaching their learners remotely. By now, we should all be used to remote learning, right? Even after a year of schools implementing remote learning, it is still a challenge for learners and parents alike.

For learners, being fully engaged in remote learning and getting into a routine can be challenging, based on their support system at home. For example, if a parent works full time from home, navigating remote learning can be challenging. Therefore, the learner will need to have the flexibility for when learning can take place. Having a flexible learning routine is especially true for younger learners who need constant supervision to ensure they do their schoolwork. 

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We look at how SPARK Schools educators are navigating remote learning with younger learners. 

Getting small learners into a routine is not easy, as they can easily get distracted. SPARK Carlswald Maths teacher, Thirushka Arjuna, believes that it is essential to set high expectations and a routine from each lesson’s beginning. 

Make your lessons fun 

“As a teacher, you need to ensure scholars are highly engaged and are learning during remote learning,” she says. While it may sound easy, getting children to listen and stay on task is a challenge. So how do SPARK educators do it? The answer is positive reinforcement.

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Using positive reinforcement to shine a spotlight on learners staying on task encourages those who do not complete their work. 

Use positive reinforcement to reward good behaviour 

Research has found that positive reinforcement has a positive effect on learner’s behaviour. Positive reinforcement is rewarding a learner when they display a positive attitude or behaviour. 

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“We praise scholars who are on task and are answering questions in the chatbox. This way, scholars who are off task correct their behaviour and start completing their task,” Arjuna explains. Parents can also use positive reinforcement at home when they see their child doing well and paying attention to the lesson without being distracted. 

To make remote learning work for younger scholars, educators can make their lessons fun by adding videos and pictures. 

Do check-ins 

“We incorporate daily check-ins, as some scholars are still opting for the online option only. The check-ins foster a positive relationship between teachers and learners,” she says. 

Her advice for SPARK parents who might be experiencing challenges with remote learning, Arjuna’s advice is to create a comfortable learning environment at home for the learner. 
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