Tiffany A. Koszalka, professor of instructional design, development and evaluation, talked with Jennifer Sanders and Dan Cummings of WSYR News Channel 9 in Syracuse about how families can support students learning at home while schools are closed and communities are social distancing. Her tips included:
- Set and schedule or routine for the day, but be sure to build in plenty of breaks.
- Create a separate study/work space for children, not in the same place adults are also working from home.
- Look at teachers’ online schedules to make sure students attend “live” classroom or office hour sessions.
- Don’t hover or watch them constantly, but check in once or twice a day on what they’re learning.
- Remember that kids may be just as stressed as you are by change and isolation.
- Don’t do everything online – include offline activities like writing, drawing, and especially physical activity!