Parents and Distance Learning

Parents can be a good help for their students in distance learning. Here are some important tips.

  1. Make sure the internet connection is working well. Look at the bandwidth you have for your house. Can it accommodate all the people who will be using devices at the same time? Look at the speed.
  2. Make sure all the devices being used by your student are properly charged.
  3. Make sure your student can clearly tell you what was done in class and what the assignments are that were given.
  4. Make sure the lighting helps your student’s eyes. Some students have found it easier to stay on the computer for many hours using a blue tinted pair of glasses.
  5. Make sure your student is on time to sign in for each class.
  6. Make sure all the apps your student needs are on the device being used to login for classes.

One of the most difficult things is your student getting the assignments – clearly. Next is being sure the assignments are turned in on time. The parent should be vigilant about this.

Distance Learning Can Be Positive

Distance Learning can be Positive. It is important for the onstructor to “read” the actions of the students to understand who is paying attention and getting the lesson and who isn’t.

The instructor needs to make sure the lesson is presented in a way that can be understood. Talking fast does not work. Talking slowly doesn’t either. It is necessary to strike a happy medium.

The instructor should take time to listen to the flow of his or her voice. The dictate on Microsoft word or google should be used. Instructors need to remember that it takes a certain amount of time for the students to hear and process the information.

Are Number Two Pencils Old Technology?

Number Two Pencils have been the mainstay of writing  forever it seems. The problem is that there are students who struggle with getting the pencil writing dark enough so that they can easily read what they have written. For these students there is a new technology alternative.

There is a truly erasable pen called the Frixion Clicker which is sold under the Pilot label. These pens do erase marks completely. Sometimes the issue is the quality of the paper on which a student is writing. The good news is that students can easily see what they have written. This is especially helpful in math. Students need to show the steps in their work to solving math problems. The darkness of the writing makes each step stand out from the page. This is something to consider using if the student has dyslexia, reading comprehension problems, or vision problems or just likes to see their work more easily.

Questions? Contact Beth Silver at bethcarolsilve@gmail.com or 310-720-0390. Visit Beth’s website at http://www.educationsage.net.

My Teacher Doesn’t Like Me!!

What should a parent do when he or she hears, ” My teacher doesn’t like me!” The first thing to do is LISTEN CAREFULLY to what the child is saying. In the child’s perception, there is something wrong in the relationship between the child and a teacher. Narrow the complaint so that you can help your student act on it.

NO NOT ignore what the child is saying. It is important for the child (student) to have concerns validated. Ask the child to give you more than one example of why the teacher doesn’t like him or her.

The next step is to meet with the teacher. Start out with something that the child likes about the class and the teacher. Then express the concern that the child has. It is important to listen carefully to the teacher. By chance, is there a behavior that the child is doing that irritates the teacher? If yes, then discuss this in private with the child.

Follow up every few days with the child. See if things have gotten better. In an extreme situation, it might be wise to move the child to another teacher.

Questions? Contact Beth Silver. bethcarolsilver@gmail.com or 310-720-0390. Or visit Beth’s website at http://www.educationsage.net.

Is the Pencil Old Technology?

There are many teachers who insist that their students do their work using pencil.  This has been true through years and years. However, today, there is a brand of pen that is truly erasable. It is called Frixion and is made by Pilot.

For students who have trouble reading their own writing, using this pen helps them. Since erasing is easy, mistakes can be easily corrected. For students who have trouble reading notes written in pencil, using the pen helps them read it easily. For students who are proofreading their written work, the pen makes the mistakes very clear.

It is time for teachers to consider the new pen technology and how helpful it is for their students.

Have questions? Contact Beth Silver at 310-720-0390 or bethcarolsilver@gmail.com.