More than 50 million students in the United States have been effectively sent home as a result of COVID-19. Understandably, the situation has raised a lot of questions about remote learning and what parents can or should be doing to help their children stay on track.
This is also true for many of the parents on our own team. That’s why ETS’s Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Christine Betaneli, joined a video meeting with Bridgid Finn, Senior Research Scientist in Research and Development, to talk about the potential impact of this prolonged episode of remote education based on what we know about how children learn.
View the clips below for Bridgid’s candid perspective on pressing questions for parents, based on her experiences both as a cognitive scientist and as a mother with school-aged children in the home.
Teachers are skilled at helping children to understanding that mistakes are steps toward learning. It is important for parents to reinforce that messaging as well.
If there’s not some aspect of the learning that requires some sort of active engagement or processing of the material, it’s less likely to be remembered.
COVID-19 has laid bare big gaps in equity based on a number of factors and we have to acknowledge the added stress and burden that many students have had to face.
This experience has given me a better, more detailed view of what my children’s learning looks like in real time and should lead to better communication with my children and with their teachers about areas that need strengthening and support.