3 Ways Family Learning Guides Can Be Involved in Remote Learning
3 Ways Family Learning Guides Can Be Involved in Remote Learning
The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” rings true when talking about student academic success. After all, it’s a shared responsibility between students, educators, or when using Calvert Learning, family learning guides. Let’s take a closer look at one of those groups: the family learning guides. The family learning guide is the parent, guardian, caregiver, or otherwise responsible adult who supports the student at home by aiding in accountability, supporting understanding, and providing general encouragement. As teachers continue to adapt to delivering virtual lessons, the engagement of the family learning guide is elevated. In Edmentum’s Calvert Learning, our project-based digital curriculum for K–5 learners, the family learning guide plays a special and essential role.
While attending to immediate needs, such as establishing a routine and ensuring that the student has a work environment with limited distractions, the family learning guide also has three other key responsibilities that help pave the way for student success:
Review the student’s daily schedule
Get into the habit of reviewing your child’s daily schedule with him or her each morning. This area of the Calvert Learning program will allow you to see all of the courses and the lessons that your child has completed so far, as well as will give you a look ahead at what is coming up next. The daily schedule appears in a calendar view for a comprehensive look at pacing and progress and uses friendly color-coding to clearly communicate where focus should be placed.
On the suggested daily schedule, you’re able to view five days of lesson content at a time for each subject area. Check in here to quickly see if your child is completing the expected amount of work each day. The lessons are hyperlinked, enabling easy access directly into learning content. An orange bar above a lesson indicates that it still needs to be graded by an instructor, and a green bar above a lesson indicates that the student has already completed the work for that subject matter and day.
So, if it’s day two but you see that day one hasn’t been completed, then you can work with your child to understand the color system and point him or her in the right direction toward the lesson parts that have yet been completed. Once all lesson parts are complete, a blue progress bar will move over to the next day’s work. As the family learning guide, you also have the ability to click ahead to view upcoming lessons for planning purposes and even print the suggested daily schedule for the week or the full course. This tool is designed to help your child stay on track, and with enough practice, you can successfully coach your child to make sense of the daily schedule, fostering learning independence along the way.
Monitor the student dashboard for performance, progress, and teacher feedback
The dashboard within the Calvert Teaching Navigator (CTN) is where you can find all things relative to performance, progress, and attendance. As such, this essential hub is a powerful place to spend your time and attention, and it is a primary area to guide conversations with your child’s teacher.
Starting with the performance tab, this area allows the family learning guide to view and discuss grades with the student. On display in this tab is the student’s current average in the class, as well as scores and teacher feedback on each individual assignment that the student has submitted. The information can be used for family learning guides to reach out to the teacher with concerns or get the appropriate help. The data is also useful for setting goals for the student to encourage productive changes.
Next up, the progress tab is designed to show how far along the student is in each course. Colored-coded bars indicate the student’s progress as it relates to the pacing guide; green represents pacing that is ahead, gray means right on track, and a red bar indicates that the student is behind. The system also notes the number of incomplete lesson parts, so the family learning guide can guide the student to jump right into the lesson part where the learner left off. The user-friendly progress tab makes it easy to facilitate pacing conversations and set daily goals for completion. Family learning guides can get the most out of the progress tab by checking the color bar at the end of each school day, as that will be a clear indication that the student is on track and up to date on lessons.
Finally, the attendance tab will help determine if the student is logging in as expected and completing the work on time. The attendance tab also gives a look into any work the student has done in a course. A green line under the respective date on the calendar signifies all work in each course has been completed for that day. The family learning guide should take a quick look at this tab each day to confirm that the student’s attendance is consistent and being reported accordingly. Want to see firsthand just how much work your child has completed in the timeframe of learning? This is the perfect place to see that data.
Altogether, these three tabs of the dashboard yield a wealth of important insight to ensure that each student is meeting academic expectations and reaching achievement goals.
Support the student in navigating the curriculum
Did you know that you can preview lesson parts and teaching notes? In the CTN, you’ll find a dropdown menu of all the courses the student is enrolled in. By clicking on the course, you’re able to review and familiarize yourself with projects, preview rubrics for expectations, and more. This option gives the family learning guide an opportunity to engage with the student to brainstorm and discuss ideas prior to starting work.
There are also teaching notes embedded in the lessons that consist of answer keys and even suggested tips that the family learning guide can use to help guide the student through the lesson. The family learning guide plays an essential role in fostering motivation and driving accountability, so understanding the curriculum with the help of these options ensures that the student is doing his or her best work and meeting the teacher’s expectations.
For younger learners, the family learning guide can play a key role in reading and explaining the directions for each lesson. A read-aloud feature is also available. If the family learning guide requires further assistance, the guide can always communicate concerns and student needs to the teacher using the CTN portal.
The family learning guide is their student’s best advocate, so most importantly, always give yourself grace as you navigate through the added pressures and challenges that come with virtual learning. For more strategies on how you can amplify success for your child, check out the Calvert Learning Getting Started for Students, Parents, and Caregivers.