The kids are back in school, well...the laptops and iPads version of it. There are a lot of things about this school year that are out of parents’ hands, but there’s still plenty we can do to improve the experience for our children, their teachers and ourselves. And a lot of it comes down to old fashioned etiquette. According to Siri Fiske, founder ofMysa School, this is how to avoid being a jerk during your kids’ online lessons:
- Don’t micromanage- It can be easy to hover when your kitchen table has become your child’s classroom, but fight the urge to be in total control. Let their teacher do the teaching and you can be as hands-on as they need you to be, depending on your kid’s age.
- Mute- Sure, it’s basic, but it’s crucial. One of the first things kids are taught for virtual learning is how to mute and un-mute when they’re supposed to and as a parent, it’s your job to make sure this becomes second nature.
- Think before you act- If something comes up that you want to talk to the teacher about, try to get some perspective before you disrupt a lesson to handle it ASAP. First ask yourself if it’s actually something you’d go in to discuss with them during non-COVID times. If so, take care of it at the right time, not by interrupting teachers who are busy doing their job.
- Don’t get in your kids’ way- It can be hard for parents to work with their kids at home, but that goes both ways. Just walking in the background of their Zoom call can be distracting, not just for your child, but their classmates, too. So be mindful of what’s going on while they’re doing online learning and try to stay out of the way.
- Be patient with teachers— and respectful of how hard they’re working - No matter whether your kids are fully remote or hybrid or back at school, teachers are busting their behinds to manage all the changes this year and make things work. Communication is key, but not at all hours, and keep in mind that after a full day of online teaching, they may have 100 emails to deal with, so give them a break.