Families Can Thrive in the E-Learning Age: Part I

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I was recently invited by Shepherd’s Voice Radio and TV (SVRTV), Bro’s media arm. Bo Sanchez, to give a talk in one of their classes on how to help children thrive in online learning. It’s part of their Feast Conference (formerly Kerygma Conference) which runs virtually from November 19-21, 2021.

This is very timely considering that our children have been out of physical schools for almost 20 months now. Online learning presented various challenges for us parents. But it’s also important to be aware of the long-term effects of not learning face-to-face.

According to the recent report from the National Economic and Development Authority, the total estimated cost of closing face-to-face schools is 11 trillion pesos in lost wages over a 40-year period. He explains that the consequences of lack of in-person learning include less learning, lower future earnings, productivity and competitiveness. He pointed out that in the 2018 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) score, the Philippines’ average score was 350, compared to Singpore at 556 and the United States at 495. The Neda says the pandemic and the closure of schools exacerbate already uneven access. and lower quality education in the Philippines.

This report was taken from an article in The Economist, which said: “The closures are going to hurt the youngest schoolchildren the most. He quotes Matthias Doepke from Northwestern University: “You can make up for lost math with summer school. But you can’t do it easily with the things that children learn at a very young age. The article goes on to say, “While older children can be placed in front of a computer, younger children learn much more when digital study is supervised by an adult…. The less well-off children everywhere are less likely to have well-educated parents who encourage them to take distance learning courses and help them with their work.

These facts are of great concern to any parent. This makes us wonder how we can prevent our child from being a part of future statistics. In my opinion, the first step is to understand the larger purpose of educating our child in order to better understand how we can effectively increase our child’s needs.

The Philippine education system has adopted the K-12 curriculum aimed at producing “individuals with information, media and technology skills, learning and innovation skills, life and career skills, as well as the communication skills necessary to meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities. of the 21st century. (Source: DepEd Ordinance n ° 21 ff. 2019-Kindergarten to Grade 12 Basic Education Curriculum Guidelines) In short, the overall goal is to raise our children to be holistically developed with the skills of 21st century learners.

During this last year of working with schools and parents, I have discovered that many parents are not fully aware of 21st century learning. I have continuously adopted this way of learning by teaching my child at home to increase what the school provides which is working well especially in this pandemic. So I made a commitment to be an even stronger advocate on this.

Personally, I use Hirsh-Pasek’s 6Cs on 21st Century Learning as a quick guide: content, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creative innovation, and trust. If you look closely at each skill, the content and critical thinking would be the skills widely provided by schools. More time at home gives parents the opportunity to expose children to these skills.

Here are some ways to develop these skills at home:

CONTENT. Observe or chat with your child about any topics or topics that they find difficult for this week. Try to search for online learning videos that can help explain these topics better. I use Khanacademy.org a lot for this. For my son, I noticed that his composition in Filipino and Mandarin could be improved. We have an agreement that he would write three more sentences in Filipino and Mandarin each day and send it to me. We have also made a point of speaking to him more often in these two languages. If you are already familiar with certain subjects that your child might encounter difficulty in during the coming school year, it would be best to take a tutor for advanced instructions.

CRITICAL MIND. Math and other school logic problems build this. When your children need help with their homework, start by asking them how they plan to solve the problem. Listen, then offer to get back to the problem rule. See if he understands it. Once he understands the rule, solve the problem together. Then let them do it once more on their own. Then you can search for other similar questions online to let them practice. Many of them have answer keys.

Games and puzzles are good for this. I actually bring a science book and do anecdotes with my kids in the pool. You can even do it to test them for quizzes. A correct answer is one step closer to the finish line. Building Lego sets and making science kits available at toy stores are also great for after school and weekend activities.

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