Being a parent at a cyber school is a big time commitment, and it can certainly come with its challenges. If you have multiple children enrolled in a cyber school, it can be an even bigger challenge as a parent to provide the necessary assistance to each of your students when their live classes occur simultaneously.
There is no doubt that a little organization goes a long way to helping us get more done each day. Staying organized throughout the school year can serve as a challenge, especially while learning in a home environment, but solid organizational skills will help set you up for continued success. If you're looking for some best practices on how to get yourself organized in a cyber school, here are some tips that may help.
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Being involved in your child's education can be very rewarding as a parent, and it's something many cyber school parents cherish. However, there are various daily challenges you may face as a parent of a cyber school student, especially if you are new to the model. One of those challenges may be teaching your child to stay on task without having to provide constant reminders.
In the cyber learning model, the role of the parent is very important. At PA Virtual, we refer to the parent or primary responsible adult at home with the student as the Learning Coach, and they serve as our eyes and ears in the home-based classroom. The physical presence of parents is needed to keep students focused and on task with what is happening in the virtual classroom. It is this type of dedication on the parent’s part that will contribute to ongoing student success. Sometimes it may appear a student is participating in class, but their grades do not reflect the amount of time they are online.
Each fall teachers work with students who have experienced the all too common “summer slide.” Symptoms include learning loss, forgetting math formulas, and even a decrease in vocabulary. Studies have shown that students can lose up to one month of skills and knowledge learned during the school year over the summer, so keeping academic skills intact is a concern for many parents. After all, we want our students to be ready to make progress when school starts back up in September, rather than spending the first few weeks playing “catch up.”
Parents have a lot in common. In spite of varied backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems, we can probably all relate to sleepless nights, toddler tantrums, and sticky kisses. As our children reach school age, the similarities continue. We are expected to help our students succeed in school by communicating with teachers, assisting with assignments, and supporting student learning at home.