Families eschewing e-learning since it ‘doesn’t count’? Here’s how to encourage them

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With many states with kids out of school due to the coronavirus outbreak have said electronic learning “won’t count” toward grades it can be frustrating as an educator to have students not participating or raising that point constantly.

Many educators are reporting that students and families are hearing on the news or from others that these days don’t “count” and, thanks to that somewhat mixed messaging, are opting not to participate.

As an educator, you can still use strategies to help encourage students to participate in the remote learning opportunities you’re working hard to develop.

  • First, “not grading” generally does not mean you can’t provide feedback on work β€” so find ways to leave constructive feedback that engages your students.
  • When leaving feedback, look for opportunities to encourage students to respond, which is a good way to engage learners further and
  • Remind families that remote learning is also a great way to for students to have social interaction β€” albeit virtually.
  • Remote learning doesn’t have to be restricted to just classwork style assignments β€” many educators are using free conferencing tools such as Zoom to hold “class meetings” where students can share their feelings, learning and insights.
  • Finally, it doesn’t hurt to politely remind families of these points and that your goal is to help keep kids’ minds active during these difficult times.

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