Be a BEAR
WHPS BEAR: Distance Learning Edition
All of us, parents, students, teachers, neighbors, colleagues, etc. have been thrust into a new lifestyle that I couldn’t have imagined a month ago. As I follow the news, I have been hearing about school districts across the country that are scrambling to put together effective teaching methods, often through paper packets, with no face-to-face instruction. I’m forever grateful for our teaching staff and their commitment to the uninterrupted education for our students. When faced with the challenges of distance learning, our teachers' thoughts immediately went to engaging and continuing their classrooms and thinking creatively on how to do so.
Remember, we are in this together. Parents have a unique opportunity to shape your child’s memory of this unique time. As much as possible, let the memory be one of togetherness, growth, and strength, not frustration and stress.
I am confident that with perseverance and a dash of patience, we will rise to the challenge and meet the needs of our diverse student population.
As a parent, you may be wondering (or frantically trying to find) the ways to best support your child with no teaching experience, a full time job that requires your attention throughout the day, and a child (or children) who are adjusting to this new normal, too. Trust me, even with an extensive education background, I continue to find this challenging.
In these unprecedented times, let's remember to be a Woodland Hills Private School BEAR:
Build a strong foundation for learning
Part of building a strong foundation for learning includes fostering a love of learning. Pressuring yourself and your student to complete the same amount of work they do in a normal school day can hamper their love of learning and limit the time you have for your own work related tasks. This will end in frustration of all involved. Play games with one another, involve your child in preparing meals. If you can't do it all, try to prioritize math, reading, and writing.
Everyone is part of a community of thinkers and learners
Engage with your community (safely, of course!). Donate to local charities, support local restaurants, take a day to clean out closets and set aside toys to donate to those in need. Talk to your child about being part of a community, and how it is important to look out for each other and be kind during the most challenging times.
Appreciate yourself and the world around you
Take walks with your family. Many communities are hosting “chalk your walk” events and leaving messages of support for their neighbors or teddy bear scavenger hunts. Take a virtual trip to a national park through Google Art & Culture, or visit an art museum. Virtual field trips offer unique perspectives we may not otherwise see.
Responsible and independent citizens
As Mr. Pozzi says, let your child drive! Now is the time to let our kids troubleshoot and problem solve. Let them explore the technology tools, let them fail, and learn to persevere. Trust that they can learn the new process. Guide them and sit with them when you can, but also take this opportunity to help your child build up their independence.