Remote learning will play a prominent role as we begin the 2020/21 school year and BCS educators are working hard to ensure engaging learning plans for all students. Each student's at-home or childcare learning environment is also important for a positive experience, including factors like daily schedule, habits, exercise, and nutrition.
To help families and students succeed, here are 13 at-home remote learning tips from experienced educators with the BCS Curriculum team!
#1. Create a dedicated student workspace at home that is well-lit and free of distractions, but inviting and colorful, stocked with things he/she might need (notebook, paper, pencils, calculator, etc.).
#2. Use resources and tutorials provided by your child’s school to better understand the student’s learning management system (LMS). Reach out to your child’s school as needed for support.
#3. Follow the daily school schedule provided by your child’s teacher.
#4. Set expectations for the day and use incentives as needed to reward your child for work quality and completion.
#5. Monitor and support your child’s work while fostering their independence. Working through struggles is a necessary part of learning.
#6. Allow for and schedule regular physical movement throughout the day; schedule time for recess and/or breaks that are fun.
#7. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Encourage your student to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when using a digital device. This helps to relieve eye strain from the computer.
#8. Take time for healthy meals/snacks for your student. BCS School Nutrition will be serving healthy school meals. Visit ReturnToLearn.BuncombeSchools.org for information about food pick up sites.
#9. Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher concerning your student’s progress.
#10. Ask your child’s teacher for additional help if needed.
#11. Contact your child’s school when you have technology issues. The BCS Technology Help Desk is also available at 828-255-5987. Live Chat is available 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. If busy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
#12. Establish and maintain a consistent bedtime routine to ensure a good night's sleep. Set an alarm each morning at a consistent time so your child is ready for the day and has breakfast before class begins.
#13. Speak positively to your child about the future and encourage him/her often