The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a severe toll on Schools and education centres. Given the unpredictability and risk exposures caused by the Pandemic, School routines are likely to remain disturbed, and homeschooling will most likely continue for an unforeseeable future. In these regards, educating children have become tremendously challenging. According to Anderson (2021), educating purposefully while children are at home is very difficult, given the tough nature of a teaching job and the student being isolated from their peers. Moreover, on the part of the teacher, this requires massive adaptation in terms of methods and techniques, while on the part of the parents, this is a significant cause of distress in day-to-day life.
Below are listed some tips and tricks that parents may adopt to relieve themselves of the un-ending stress caused by managing children’s education and learning while children are at home during the pandemic.
Before moving on, let us have some background clarity on the implications for the Covid-19 pandemic on education. Globally, no sector has been affected as much as education, as this is one aspect which is present is almost everyone’s life. According to an article by World Economic Forum by Cathy Li (2020), almost 1.2 billion children worldwide are out of their classrooms due to the school’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Given the cataclysmic changes caused by the pandemic, education has forcefully been digitally transfused using e-learning platforms, while a massive amount of research also suggests that remote learning is an efficient way of imparting education, which means that e-learning might be a permanent thing. Even before the pandemic had hit the world, the global EdTech investments for the year 2019 amounted to US $ 18.66 billion, and the World Economic Forum even predicts that the online education industry might reach up to $350 billion by 2025, give the rise of usage in technology and digital tools for online education. Hence, the pandemic has caused some permanent alterations to they global education system.
Moving on, to avoid being overwhelmed by your children’s hectic educational endeavors, following an upright daily schedule might help sort out things. In these regards, Andre Nickow (2020) asserts that tutoring is a time-tested solution for unprecedented times like these that we are currently facing due to the pandemic. Just like normal days, where children wake up, have a bath, breakfast, and then go to school, similarly, they must follow a routine while they are at home. It does not need to be too rigid, but neither it should be too flexible. The point is that without a routine, children are likely to remain inattentive, which might cause significant losses in their academics. An experienced tutor may simulate a school-like environment and help kids stick to a routine and excel academically. In fact, experiments conducted in high-income countries demonstrated that students who sought tutoring were different from those who did not.
Now that tutors can help, it will not be enough without being flexible and creative in tutoring programs. Teachers and parents are often faced with limited resources in the shape of time and energy, hence designing a tutoring program that is cost-effective and efficient as well might require some extra effort. According to Andre Nickow (2020), several factors might be worth considering while drafting a tutoring program; these include the type of tutoring, duration and frequency, subject, curriculum, and methodologies. While the lockdown and social distancing are still in place due to the pandemic, many countries adopt tutoring methods that are flexible and creative to cope up with disrupted education and learning loss. For instance, the Center for American Progress recently put forth a proposal named Opportunity and Counseling Corps, which aims to hire recent graduates, college students, and community erudite to tutor poor students or those who have severely lagged behind in studies to the pandemic. Hence, such creative and flexible programs can help mitigate education-related losses.
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The online world is complicated, and until you are not well acquainted with the system’s ins and outs, you are likely to get frustrated. According to Anderson (2021), transitioning to online learning formats may require wholesome training for teachers and parents, and for that matter, institutions might need to look for third-party solutions. Moreover, online tutoring may seem straightforward, but having a sound grip over technology and its usage is very important. It is natural to get overwhelmed by teaching children, but if the network infrastructure is weak and the user’s grip on technology is not good, then the learning experience will cause nothing else but exhaustion.
Parents and teachers are likely to dictate the rules to the child, but this is very wrong! A child’s input must be sought in every situation. The child should be allowed to express his/ her convenience and preferable mode of education. Parents and teachers need to understand that, after all, it is the child’s education that is at stake; young children should learn to be proactive towards their educational affairs, rather than handing over such rights to others, even if they are parents or teachers. If a child is young and can prudently decide for themselves, why not be made part of the decision-making process. According to Villano (2020), one of the best ways to empower children is by allowing them to make a list of things they would like to do and learn. Having your children’s say in their education is a source of their empowerment.
Lastly, amidst this hassle and long-term process, do not get consumed by overly objectifying studies. At the end of the day, education is supposed to be fun and a learning experience. It does not have to be a tiresome process. In fact, effective learning only occurs when the process is being enjoyed. Otherwise, it is suffering, not learning!
Hiring a tutor is advisable but not necessary, it may be that the child is able to cope up with education and exam pressure and also he/she has supportive parents and elders. However, it is the need of the hour to make things easy for your child.
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