with Mrs. Graybill
Hello. Welcome to the online learning environment. My goal is to help develop the skills and competencies needed in the 21st century to ensure that learners have the critical reading, thinking, writing and communication skills required for success. For this to come to fruition, I need you. Yes, you the parent(s), the learning coaches.
Yes, learning coach. In the world of online learning, parents, AKA learning coaches, are critical for student success. As you prepare for your role as a learning coach, there are a few suggestions to help you.
1. Motivation - Provide encouragement for the student to stay the course even when encountering challenging material. Also, being that your child is in high school, we should encourage your child to become more independent and take on more responsibilities.
2. Setting a schedule/routine - Guide your child in establishing a schedule when the student is at his/her best or most productive and make room for breaks. Make sure to help student negotiate course deadlines.
3. Log in once a day - Check on the schedule or calendar for any new updates or to post problems or challenges. This will keep everyone connected and communicating.
4. Be flexible - Life is unpredictable, and sometimes we need to make changes, modifications, or tweaks individual to the situation and/or the student to ensure success. We must be willing to learn while doing in handling the challenges inherent to technology and student needs. Online learning is always a work in progress.
5. Collaboration - Collaboration is key. In working together, we can ensure the success of your child. It takes a village.
6. Communication - Communicate with me. Ask questions. Ask for help. Offer ideas. Provide feedback. You are a great resource for me as, hopefully, I will be for you. I value your input. I will contact you for a F2F meeting once per month via Skype. If more communication is needed, my contact information is located at the bottom of the newsletter.