Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus

By Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner for NPR

With school closures happening all across the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, public schools are varying widely in what they offer. School districts have a legal obligation to provide equitable learning opportunities and it can be hard for schools to guarantee access to necessary hardware, like laptops and WiFi, for all students, so some are confining themselves to handing out optional “enrichment” lessons.

If you’re one of the tens of millions of parents who are now essentially homeschooling your kids, we have some tips to help you keep your kids engaged and everyone sane.

Know your kid.

Strong learners can do even better independently, but weaker learners may really struggle. “Online [and independent] learning is really hard for a lot of people. It requires a lot of self-regulated learning skills,” says MIT education researcher Justin Reich.

Different kids will do best in different learning environments. If your child learns better in groups, try a Zoom study session with a fellow classmate. The older kids are, the longer they may be able to work on their own. And remember, resources are going to become available slowly for students who need them — you may not have to do this all by yourself.

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