27 Apr WISE: Home-schooling and adjusting to working from home
By Sarah Behenna, WISE’s STEM Accord Manager and qualified science teacher.
Sarah qualified as a secondary school science teacher in 2011, teaching all the sciences to 11 – 16 year olds and specialising in Chemistry up to A-level. She has also taught in a Special Educational Needs school, and offered private tutoring up until May 2019 when she started managing the STEM Accord project. STEM Accord is a partnership between some of the major STEM outreach organisations which aims to increase collaboration between the organisations, STEM businesses and schools to increase their reach and impact.
By now the pressures of home-schooling and adjusting to working from home (often trying to do both of these at the same time) will be starting to take its toll. So I’ve put together a short list of home ed tips from a teachers perspective to try and help you through these unprecedented times.
- Scrap the school day. You don’t need to replicate the school’s timetable and get your children to study for six hours. Remember that when they’re in school they’d have lunch, breaks, time when transitioning from one lesson to another etc. Plus in school they have one teacher between the whole class, whereas if you’re teaching your children they’re getting dedicated 1 to 1 tuition, so the time they do spend learning will be a lot more intense.
- Routine helps. We all know getting up and going to bed at roughly the same time every day is beneficial for us, and the same goes for studying too. You don’t need to stick to the timings of the school day with highly detailed itineraries, which look great on paper, but when it comes to it can add a lot of pressure to an already stressful situation. But keeping some sort of routine does help, maybe you like to start with the subjects you find harder first to get them out of the way, or you alternate them with your favourite subjects? Whatever you choose try to keep the pattern roughly the same day to day, and include frequent breaks (for whatever age they are!).
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