How to Keep Your Child Engaged and Learning On-line

Learning remotely requires that your child demonstrate self direction, motivation and engagement. This is particularly important for your younger child who has not yet acquired self regulation and independent learning habits that develop over time.

B.Ed., MSc.
Sue has worked in schools and private practice as a teacher, system leader and Psychologist for over 35 years.

Learning remotely requires that your child demonstrate self direction, motivation and engagement. This is particularly important for your younger child who has not yet acquired self regulation and independent learning habits that develop over time. Younger learners will likely require mediation, support and ongoing oversight of an adult/caregiver in the home.  

During the learning at home experience in the spring 2020, teachers gained insights into what works to engage your child. Researchers have also examined what is most effective in engaging students in an on-line platform.  

The following are lessons learned to help you keep your child engaged and learning at home: 

  1. Give your child some choice in what they do and how to show what they know.  
  1. Engage your child by mixing the delivery of what they are learning (video, text, audio and presentations)   
  1. Your child will be more engaged when they know what to expect. Ask your child’s teacher what the expectations are for learning effectively on-line. Understand what the teacher is asking for in how and what to include in blog posts and ask for a clear picture of what is expected with other tools for participation. 
  1. Encourage your child to keep their camera on during zoom meetings.  
  1. Reach out to your child’s teacher with questions and as your child is working and encourage your child to do the same. 
  1. Your child’s interest and motivation increases when they are successful and when they are learning.  
  1. Break down what they are learning into segments (10-15 minutes for older students).  
  1. Work in small chunks interspersed with silent activities and group work, conversation and interaction. 
  1. Access live instruction for your child to rewatch later 
  1. Summarize key points and ask your child to summarize ideas heard 
  1. Frequently engage your child in discussion and encourage them to ask questions to keep engaged.  
  1. Provide time to practice and apply what is learned. 
  1. Provide immediate feedback and ensure that the feedback is actionable and tells your child what to do next. 

Sue Humphry
B.Ed., MSc. Sue has worked in schools and private practice as a teacher, system leader and Psychologist for over 35 years.