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10 Tips for teaching children in lock-down

Discussion in 'Staff, pupil & parent's wellbeing' started by Nouri, May 1, 2020.

  1. Nouri

    Nouri New commenter

    My 10 top tips for teaching children in lock-down:
    1) Make sure you keep them safe and you are there to reduce their levels of anxiety and yours as a must before anything else.
    2) Train them to understand that they will have good days and bad days and that is normal.
    3) Sticking rigidly to the formal timetable of the curriculum may create more frustrations for you and for them than a joy to adhere to such timetable.
    4) See this lock-down as an opportunity to extend their formal curriculum to other projects.
    5) Shared experience will help to extend their language and vocabulary.
    6) Use this opportunity to teach them other skills (with supervision) like cooking, sewing, STEM projects (https://wabisabilearning.com/blogs/stem/36-stem-project-based-learning-activities)
    7) Online learning with screen time is necessary to work on a particular project individually or as a group of learners to help each other achieving their learning goals (collaborative learning).
    8) For restless children: Give them breaks and let them express themselves in different ways from dancing to treasure hunting in the garden for key phrases that will help in answering questions later. They need learning by carrying out physical activities (kinaesthetic learning).
    9) Weekly Family Showcase project:
    During this showcase project the child is listened to by members of the family about his weekly project which could be based on cross curricular activities like:
    a) Family Adventure Walk/Ride on the bike: taking pictures from nature, then searching online and presenting ideas in the form of words, pictures, painting followed by positive feedback.
    b) Cooking a meal for the family and talking about the challenges and joys whilst trying it around the table.
    c) STEM project
    d) Arty projects: ie making a song , a dance routine, painting, etc.
    e) Powerpoint presentation about an online project on a topic that the child wants to present and likes to do. (empowerment)
    10) Missing formal education must not be seen by parents as an obstacle but a continuation of what has been experienced at school with more freedom to gain new skills. Children will go through phases with leaps and downs but will find their rhythm and will be able to catch up as long as they are supported. Patience and guidance will assist them in achieving their desired goals.

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