With area schools closing campuses due to coronavirus, staff at Lone Star College are offering advice for parents of students who have been forced to shift into an online learning situation.
"I would tell parents to be patient and keep a positive attitude,” said Melissa Dawn Gatlin, Lone Star College—University Park associate professor of education, in a press release. “Children look to adults to gauge how they are supposed react to new situations. Stay calm, and your child will be less anxious about learning in a new way.”
Gatlin also suggested students have one or two places set aside in the home to maintain a good study environment.
For parents, Gatlin suggests that they be patient with their children's teachers, as many have likely not taught online. Parents are also encouraged to try and relax.
"Do not feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders," Gatlin said. "Children are resilient. They can rise above struggles and continue to learn."
Parents are also encouraged to communicate and connect with their child's teachers to better understand what is expected of them.
Lone Star College offers online learning tips for parents
Lone Star College is providing tips for parents and students adapting to online learning. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)