Message to Parents and Recommended Learning Schedule
Use the following calendar to help create a routine of at-home learning during the COVID-19 crisis of 2020. The intent of this document and calendar is to help parents establish routines and expectations of learning at home. If education is valued in the home, then students will learn to appreciate learning and will work towards developing a work ethic that will allow them to succeed. You can download a paper copy of the recommended schedule and a teacher letter to parents here.
Important notice to all Charles Bloom Middle Years students: Please use the "Weekly Check-In" form found on your Google classroom accounts. Your teachers are asking you to check-in ONCE a week using that form. If you cannot find or access the form from your Google Classrooms, then please email Ms. Allen at email@example.com and she will help you. If you do not "check-in" by Friday, then your teachers will have to try and connect with you and your parents another way.
|What to Expect|
|The challenge for
parents will be in enforcing routines and following through with expectations.
Parents can expect frustration and procrastination as at-home learning
is not ideal. However, your student’s teachers have created a schedule
that is reasonable and focuses on their core academic courses. The recommendation
will be for 1 ½ hrs of work during the day, preferably first thing
in the morning, and then ½ hr of reading at night before bed. It
is important to limit screen time before bed. Sleep is very important
for a developing adolescent brain and there is lots of research that supports
the harmful effects of screen time right before bed. Teachers recommend
that all mobile devices or tablets be charged at night in the parents’
bedroom to avoid the temptation to stay up late on their devices.
Parents can expect
frustration from students as they attempt to work independently. Parents
can expect teenagers to procrastinate and then often “rush”
their work in order to simply “be done”. It is important
for parents to remember that often the work completed in a “rush”
will be work that is reflective more of their efforts than their ability.
Whether it is answering questions in the written form or paragraph writing,
proofreading and revision are essential to develop the student’s
ability to express what they know. Parents will have to be patient and
remember that the adolescent mind is not the same as a fully developed
adult mind and adolescents’ reactions to requests to “do
their best” may be emotional rather than pragmatic. In times such
as these, it is always important to offer kindness, patience and support,
always keeping in mind that they are still developmentally “children”
and there may be some real anxiety about having to self-isolate and
learn at home.
|Suggestions to Help Your Student|
• Recognize that at-home learning without regular supports can and will be challenging
|Suggested Calendar Schedule|