We’ve been in quarantine for months due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. There are still so many unanswered questions and anxieties. When will we return to school? Is the rest of the year really canceled? How will I keep up with my classes? Will my child be ready for school in the fall? With all of these uncertainties, it’s easy to just throw in the white flag. Not to mention, lack of motivation is at an all-time high and we’ve officially reached the remote learning slump. Utilizing remote learning resources and proven tips is key to getting through this slump.
A New Phase
Earlier this week, I noticed a difference in many of my students. The excitement of seeing each other online had seemingly waned away. My students are feeling frustrated more than ever that they can’t give their teachers and classmates one last hug goodbye. I’ve also heard whispers of dissatisfaction with remote learning. Things like, “It’s nice out and we’ve had to change online platforms so many times, let’s just call the year now.” It’s important to remember time does not stand still. Fall will be here before we know it. We can’t leave our students, our children, and even ourselves left unprepared.
The remote learning slump, which I’ve defined as the feeling of being totally fed up with online learning and teaching, is a real feeling. Especially with warmer weather and summer around the corner. Dr. Randy Kulman, a child clinical psychologist and writer for Psychology Today, stated, “…the same type of slump or slide is likely to occur during the COVID-19 pandemic for many of our nation’s 50 million children, regardless of learning difficulties.”
What Can you Do?
Slumps or slides don’t discriminate, so don’t be too hard on yourself or your child, we’re ALL feeling this. So, here are some strategies I’ve found helpful to combat the struggles with remote learning:
- Have links/assignments printed and on-hand. Nothing’s worse than running late and scrambling to get on to the Zoom or Google Meet in time.
- Set a schedule for yourself, including penciling in your “free time” offline.
- Set timers for breaks and to work on assignments. School/work/life balance is a necessity during stressful times.
- Preview with your child and be honest. Younger kids have a right to know that they won’t be seeing their teacher or friends for awhile, and that it’s okay to feel a certain way about it.
- Ask for help when you need it. It’s okay to not be okay. Teachers and family want to be there for you.
- Get outside. I can’t stress this one enough. Even if you’re just reading in the sun; countless studies who Vitamin D boosts your mood.
- Remain positive. While it really stinks we can’t be with each other in person, we’re so lucky to have technology and remote learning resources. Imagine having this happen circa 2010 before the creation of FaceTime?!
It’s the Only Time We’ve Got
For my final note I’d like to quote Art Buchwald, a former humorist for the Washington Post, “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” I hope you find some of these tips and tricks helpful, and keep on learning!