Since the last Buzz, we’ve chalked up another fortnight of remote learning, and have continued uncertainty about the coming weeks and whether we may see an increased easing of restrictions throughout regional Victoria. Going into this lockdown, we thought carefully about what model would be, not necessarily the easiest, but the best one for students, and we moved quickly to an asynchronous structure. Asynchronous does not mean the ties to school are cut and students do whatever they want, whenever they want. Rather, they have some flexibility about what they approach and when and, crucially, have some time away from screens.
There is a sea of resources out there for parents to attempt to support their children with remote learning, but I would like to direct you to one which reinforces the thinking behind asynchronous learning and provides some good tips for parents at home trying to juggle their own jobs, their child’s learning, and the need for us all to stay sane. This webinar/video from the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, titled Supporting Children’s Mental Health during the Pandemic and Beyond, is worth the investment of time to hear some practical advice from Dr Ric Haslam, Prof Harriet Hiscock, and Dr Alice Morgan.
Key messages include:
- be fair on ourselves as parents – don’t try to recreate the school curriculum
- acknowledge that the speed and amount of content will be reduced, and that this is okay
- don’t forget the structure of the day – ensure students log on each morning and plan what needs to be done and what Zoom sessions are on for that day
- time off screens is really important
- despite cancellations, there is still much to look forward to
- be proud of your achievements and for getting through this.
I commend it to you and hope that you stay well at home.