How to face the challenges of online school? The recommendations of two psychologists

Although we have the idea that the online school has everything to run better this time, we must not forget that the tiredness in which we are all involved can contaminate learning at home.

The school itself is full of challenges and demands that, in a pandemic time, however much we don’t want to, are exponential and tend to increase family stress. If, on the one hand, Teachers – in an almost heroic way – were able to reinvent and embrace digital to ensure the continuity of teaching, on the other hand, parents feel a greater weight on themselves in everything that concerns learning and more than that, they often feel that they do not have the essential tools to support children in the study.

And, if in a first confinement the dominant emotion was fear, because we were all caught off guard and due to the unpredictability of what was happening, in a second confinement to fear, fatigue, boredom and some family friction come together as a result of all the feelings that blend and blur our vision with everything that is happening around us.

So, although we sometimes have the idea that the online school has everything to run better this time – because we already had a rehearsal in the first confinement – we must not forget that the tiredness in which we are all involved can contaminate learning in House.

Thus, at this stage, the online school requires above all tolerance and flexibility, not only with children, but also with parents and teachers, keeping us aware that each one, in his own way, is doing the best itself.

In addition to tolerance and flexibility, if we want to ensure that children continue to learn and, at the same time, parents continue their work, it is essential:

Define roles

If the role of parents and children is clearly defended, we decrease friction when it comes time to study. Thus, children are responsible for learning, and the role of parents is to help children to think, to set goals, to guide their study, and not to do activities for children.

Define study and break times

Study time should always be interrupted by breaks, which allow you to play and relax physically. It is the pauses that will allow a child to reduce tension, concentrate and learn.

Define objectives

Establishing daily and weekly goals allows the child to have control over their study, enhances the effectiveness of the study and reduces anxiety associated with time management.

Celebrate achievements

When we celebrate the achievements we send a message to our brain that allows us to feel rewarded and keep motivated throughout the study and the achievement of the goals. So, enjoy each achievement to celebrate.

Promote self-study

Facilitate study strategies for children that allow them to work autonomously and efficiently. In doing so, in addition to helping the child, you are freeing up time for yourself and your own work.