Remote learning can be helpful for some kids with sensory issues, health issues or social challenges. Such students may be more comfortable relating to their classmates and teachers via the internet than in person.
One of the big pros of remote learning is having control over the learner’s environment. This can be especially helpful for special-needs students. However, it also implicitly assumes that there is a certain level of material wealth and family cooperation. This isn’t always the case.
In fact, families with special-needs members tend to be financially stressed. The very existence of special needs tends to simultaneously create high expenses while impairing family earning capacity.
One way to mitigate such issues is to arm oneself with information. On the upside, the internet is a great place to find lists of tips for just about any personal challenge you may be facing in life.
Families can learn better methods to accommodate each other’s needs while sharing the same space. Parents can take it upon themselves to make it a priority to find low-cost methods to make this work better for all parties.
Remote learning inherently involves a certain amount of screen time. Especially for younger kids, there is always the worry that they will be getting too much screen time.
If the student in question is a child and is doing remote learning through a public school, there may be little that can be done to mitigate this issue. However, in many situations, this can be mitigated by using printed books, hands-on learning, and other activities to supplement computer-based learning.
Remote learning tends to go over better when it was freely chosen as an option. Currently, this is not the case for a great many students. It was thrust upon them and people are having trouble adapting.
It can help to keep in mind that everyone needs time to adjust to new situations, especially when it was introduced suddenly and without warning. All the lead-up time one normally gets to think about it and make small changes in anticipation has been skipped.
Human beings are quick to focus on the negative. This can be protective, but can also lead to a bad attitude. Looking for the pros is the antidote.
This blog was originally published on Russ Ewell’s website.