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Virtual Education Parent Tips

Virtual Education Parent Tips

Research from the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education shares that “no matter their income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school.”

#1 Set a routine and be prepared

EGVA has plenty of resources to help parents adjust to this new way of learning,.  Parents need to know what is expected of them as a parent and what is expected of the student.   As a parent, it’s your responsibility to keep up with your child’s schedule and monitor progress and be prepared for lessons. While you want your child to be independent enough to keep their routine themselves, sometimes takes some practice. Particularly at the beginning when the child is still trying to figure out virtual schooling in its entirety. Once the routine begins to slip, parents need to take the reins and keep the student on schedule.

#2 Monitor your student regularly

Virtual school parents are the student’s only source for monitoring. A virtual teacher can only monitor so much, not being physically there with the student. The parent needs to know when to step in and take a step back and monitor from afar. You can speak with the student’s teacher if you’re unsure what the best way to monitor is.
The level of monitoring also depends on a few things, specifically the age of the student. For younger students, the parent must monitor more closely as they are unable to keep focused themselves. For older students who are gaining independence, monitoring may only include reminders.

#3 Communicate with your teacher

Team work makes the dream work.  Together the parent learning coach and teacher of record will assist the student through courses.  This may look like one on one meetings with the student or small groups online.  Your teacher of record is here to help so feel free to ask the teacher for a virtual or in person meeting to clarify how best to help your student. The better the communication the better the outcome for success.