5 Tips for Supporting Your Students at Home


We are all looking for ways to adjust to distance learning. Whether it is balancing schedules, technology or mental well-being we need more help now than ever before. 

Sarah Brown Wessling is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, and mother of three who teaches high school English Language Arts in Johnston, Iowa. She has some excellent insights and tips for all of us who are helping our children navigate through distance learning. Take 5 minutes to watch – it is worth the time.

5 Tips for Supporting Your Students at Home

Connect with the school and the teacher.

You do not need to become the teacher, it’s more important to connect with the teacher. Model curiosity about the learning and process rather than the frustration for your children.

Create learning routines that work for your family system.

Should you have a schedule or routine? There is a difference, a routine can really set the tone and allow for some flexibility (for everyone).

Engage with your child.

Spend time talking with your children to help them process what is happening with distance learning.

Look for asynchronous instruction to help anchor the learning.

On demand content (like teacher recorded videos) can help boost your child’s knowledge and give them a stronger understanding of the content.

Prioritize mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Without this, nothing else will work. Have ongoing conversations with your child to gauge how they are doing and know when to reach out to the teacher.

Some other fun tips from Sarah;

Build in brain breaks throughout the day

Create learning moments

and most importantly, it is about progress NOT perfection!

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Tracy is the Director of Programming and Partnerships for Darkness to Light, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. She grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education, in non-profits and in ed tech. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to two trans teens who are just beginning their journey. Self-care includes pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Attachment and Trauma Network, a national non-profit.


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