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6 Tips to Bridge Your Remote Work & School Gap This Fall

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Updated: Tuesday — September 8th, 2020

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Tips like these don’t come around often!

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Sure, we enjoy fun and games, but Globeo Knows isn’t just a newsletter.

We’re here to help you spend less time and money on lodging so that you can focus more time and energy on other things that might also be important to you, like helping your kiddos adjust to new learning experiences this Fall.

Globeo Knows: 6 ways to transform your household into a lean, mean, learning machine. Check them out![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#4a0d66″ thickness=”2″ up=”20″ down=”20″][vc_column_text]

Productivity doesn’t require a classroom – it requires a plan!
If you feel like you’re on the struggle bus, you’re not alone, which is why we asked some of our favorite teachers for some secrets to success! Here’s what they had to say…

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#1 Get to the choppa!

…or don’t. We love Arnold, but we disagree with him in this scenario and we’re not alone. Have you ever heard of the term “Helicopter Parent”? We looked it up on and it’s “a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child.” In short, don’t be a helicopter parent. Instead, here’s advice from a teacher on what you should consider doing:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Set reasonable expectations, especially for the younger students. Don’t be too hard on yourself of the students – small accomplishments become big accomplishments over time. – 9th-12th Grade Special Education, Mrs. R

You probably aren’t a teacher, your child may not
see themselves as in school. Let yourselves adjust…and be flexible.
– Seasoned Homeschooling Mom, Ms. C

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]A lot of things we already know, but sometimes we just need a little reminder. Take a page from this teacher’s book when she encourages parents as they tackle things together with their kiddos:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Focus on what your child does well and praise them. – 5th Grade, Ms. B

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#2 Planning 101

Create a schedule and do your best to stick to it. Distractions are going to happen, because that’s just life and we all know it – even the teachers.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Don’t beat yourself up if you get distracted while at home. Just come in with a positive attitude and the rest will follow. – Harvard Professor, Ms. P

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Get students familiar with virtual backgrounds. There are days when your home may not be as organized as you would like and virtual backgrounds are a fun and easy way to hide that! – 10th Grade, Ms. L

Set times for what you teach, it will make your life easier. Structure & consistency is key – 5th Grade, Ms. B[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_column_text]

#3 Sharing is Caring

Not every household has the luxury of dedicating rooms just for learning, but there are things you can do to keep things on track:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]Try to give them a stimulating environment as if they were in the classroom working hands-on. – 1st Grade, Ms. G[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]If you and your kid(s) are sharing the same workspace but need a bit more privacy to focus on your agendas, here are few things you can buy that may do the trick:

1. Desk dividers – will provide privacy and separate designated work areas.

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Set aside a dedicated workspace for your child so that they know that area is for school. – Kindergarten, Ms. K

There is no “perfect” when it comes to remote teaching, but we owe it to our kids to create a learning environment that works for them. – 7th Grade, Mr. B

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#4 “MOM, I’m hungry…”

Ring, ring – there’s the school bell! Wait, no. That’s just the microwave (again). Do toddlers, teenagers, and pets appear at your feet every time you open a bag of chips or is it just us? It’s like they never get full. To help curb their insane appetite throughout the school day, let them pick out their snacks before virtual class even starts.

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Incorporate learning into everyday tasks. Cooking is great for math and science; from counting, fractions, conductivity, and chemical reactions. – Seasoned Homeschooling Mom, Ms. C

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#5 “Outta Sight, Outta Mind”

Let’s be honest – technology has taken over our lives! (Yep. We’re guilty of it too.) Requesting that your students turn off their phones during school hours does not make you a mean parent. If anything, setting phone boundaries is probably one of the best ways to boost their productivity and focus, and it’s probably not the first time they’ve heard you say it anyway. It might be worth it to limit your own phone usage during your workday to show your kids that one can survive without it for a few hours.

And it’s not just phones…[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]Minimize screen time when not logged in. Students stare at the screen all day, give their eyes time to rest by doing non-screen oriented activities. – 10th Grade, Ms. L

Take away distractions (TV, video games, etc.) – 9th-12th Grade Special Education, Mrs. R[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]And let’s not forget, we hear our beloved teachers near and far when they say…[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

We’re not IT people, we’re learning on the job (too). Ask questions and we will find an answer for you! – 2nd Grade, Ms. R

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#6 It takes skill to {balance}

The length of a school day may seem unending, especially when your student has assignments due, study guides to go over, and homework to finish. However, a six-hour school day shouldn’t turn into a ten-hour school day. Schedule breaks, get out in the sun, laugh a little a lot![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Chunk the material every once in a while and design little brain breaks of fun activities to break up the day. – 5th Grade, Ms. B

If your child plays a sport, have them reach out to their coach to ask what drills they can practice at home. This encourages your child to stay active and keeps them connected with their coach. – 5th-8th Grade PE, Mr. A

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