Schools and teachers of today have
had to embrace online learning more than any other generation. Some have faced
up to the challenge brilliantly which has made a tremendous difference to
parents struggling to get to grips with the technology and sometimes reluctant
learners at home.
The best examples of online
learning and teaching that has emerged has been when the task and instructions
are clear and unambiguous and do not require previous knowledge from the
parents and carers. Some adults may not be confident in their own academic
ability and this has caused difficulties when trying to support their children
often trying to use teaching methods that are alien to them.
Teachers that have provided a
variety of activities with a mix of practical and written tasks understand that
children learn best if they are motivated and this teaching style increases the
chances of pupils joining in without complaint.
Feed back to the child and also
the parent is a vital part of successful online learning and need not be
lengthy but shows that the teacher is responding to their submission and
recognising the effort that the child has put into the task. Rewards in the
form of certificates and school team points can have a positive effect on
It is widely recognised that a child’s
self-esteem is a contributing factor to their progress at school and their
behaviour in the classroom and so it is vitally important that staff in school
aim to build and develop positive self-esteem wherever possible. There are a
number of ways in which this can be encouraged in the classroom and in the
wider school community.
Firstly, the whole ethos of the
school should be one of mutual respect where every pupil is valued. The idea
that every child has the potential to excel in something is an important one
and children should be encouraged to explore lots of different avenues to find
their niche not just the academic routes that so often are prevalent in school.
Giving children small
responsibilities in the classroom is one way that self-esteem can be boosted as
often this gives children the opportunity to feel important amongst their
peers. The roles can be allocated on a rota basis so that all children get the
chance to take part.
The effect of giving praise to
children cannot be emphasised enough as this is a powerful motivator. Pupils
can be praised for lots of different aspects of their work and behaviour such
as kindness to others, tenacity when attempting a complex task or academic
achievement and this praise undoubtedly builds their self-esteem enormously.
children in the UK the amount of school time that has been lost due to the
Coronavirus pandemic has been upwards of three months causing lots of parents
to feel anxious about their children’s lack of academic progress during this
government are proposing catch up programmes that will be in place in schools
for the autumn term but is it going to be feasible to ensure that each pupil is
given the opportunity to take part in these programmes and make the expected progress
that they would have done were they not to have missed out on their education?
people do not realise is that children’s development is not linear that is to
say they grow and develop in fits and starts sometimes having a boost of
learning then plateauing for a while. It is therefore unnecessary to worry that
their progress will be affected in the long term as they will catch up
academically probably over the first term in which they are back in school.
By far the
most concerning issue will be settling children back into the school routine
especially as some things may be quite different for a time but with the
support of the many talented teachers working in schools at the moment they
will no doubt provide their pupils with a safe and welcoming environment.
Reading is a
vital skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Now a day’s all
children who attend an education setting are taught to read right from nursery
or reception. If your child attends a
nursery or child minder, then they should start by learning the basics of
reading often by helping them to recognise certain letters and the sounds they
make. This is sometimes done using a scheme called “jolly phonics” which is a
fun song all about letters and the sounds they make. This song makes it easy
for children to remember the different letters of the alphabet.
child starts school they will very quickly progress to starting to be able to
put these sounds together to read words. Usually the first types of books your
child will be given contains only pictures and as a parent you may wonder how
this can help. The reasoning behind this is to get the children to look at a
picture and first try and figure out what is happening within the picture, this
will not only help with their imagination but will also give them an idea as to
what the words would say on that page, should it have had some.
starting to work on any new project you should always take time to learn. Often
people learn new skills by reading books but for some people they learn better
by actually taking part practically in something.
tutorials are a great way to see how to do something, often being able to have
a visual aid makes it easier to learn that reading about it in a book or on a
new language is a skill that many of us do over our life time. It usually
starts at school where you are often taught the basics of French, German or
Spanish and for some people this is then a basis for them to build upon to
allow them to be fluent in that language. A good way to learn a new language is
to listen to the language been spoken. This may be in person or through an
audio recording. Books can be a great way to quickly look up a phrase you need
to use, so if going to a country where you are limited on the language it is
always recommended to take a phase book with you.