Challenges with remote learning extend beyond technology and accessibility

ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — The start of the school year has been an adjustment for everyone, with teachers and parents trying to figure out what works while making sure their students don’t fall behind.

Some of the main challenges have been technology and accessibility, but beyond that parents and teachers are finding problems with remote learning that they’ve never before had to consider; Problems like scheduling and time management.

“You have to know their schedule, plan it out ahead of time, know whats due, know what they’ve passed in, review what they might have gotten wrong and why,” explained Dr. Pam Walcott, who started an e-tutoring business this summer to help students and parents worried about falling behind with remote learning.

Dr. Walcott explained that online learning has become a full-time job for many parents, most go whom don’t have the time.

“I spoke with a woman whose first grader has to click a Zoom link every 30 minutes to get into a new chat room,” Walcott said. “How could a first grader do that without her help?”

For teachers, assigning an appropriate workload for remote learners has been a challenge.

Students learning from home are expected to have 4-5 hours of coursework per day. But not all students finish those assignment at the same time. 

“We’ve seen a lot of clients finishing up that [work] in about an hour or two, and then what?” questioned Dr. Walcott. “They were going to school for 6+ hours a day, now they’re done in a couple of hours.”

As for students, the biggest issue parents and tutors have seen with them is concentration.

Kids get tired of staring at computer screens for hours on end. They also get restless and miss their friends, which is why experts say its so important to make sure they take breaks and get outside during the course of the day.

(c) WLNE-TV // ABC 6  2020 

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