I don't know about you, but I didn't envision my 10-year old would know how to log into a video conference at her age. Yet, these kids are adapting and learning how to connect faster than some of us! In fact, I told my kids to download Zoom on their iPads on Monday and by Tuesday afternoon they were setting up meetings with me! Incredible!
Again, I caution you, though. Don't mistake technology know-how with being on top of their own remote learning. Children need to learn how to manage and prioritize their days. For us, that means looking at the assignments for the week, and helping the child decide what should be done each day to have everything turned in by Friday. My students liked the idea of someone helping them with this so much that I shared the blank schedule we use at home. Here is a sample schedule similar to the one I sent along with the blank schedule to my classes:
Notice this is split into work by subject, by day. This was ideal in our house because once my daughter finished a subject, even if it was all the work intended for the week, she knew she was done and had more free choice in the rest of her day. You child may prefer more variety.
My next tip is for those of you using Google Classroom. To make this schedule you can log into Google Classroom after the weekly assignments are posted and go to the To-Do List. This is a nice, comprehensive view of the work you are expected to do for the week. You can refer back to it throughout the week to see what is still open and what is done. This is great for also catching what fun, optional assignments might also be posted.
Mrs. Jodi Hetman is a fourth grade math and science teacher. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely my own.