This year we are all officially back to school in many ways. We are learning from each other, learning at home from our family, learning from colleagues at work, and learning about work from home. Here are 10 important things I have learned this fall during back to school.
- Manage expectations of you and your family. It is going to be a fall of uncertainty. Managing what you expect of yourself and your students will help you keep everyone and everything calm and moving forward.
- Take the time to be together. This is the great “gift” of the fall. We are together learning and hopefully laughing. If you or your students need a pause, get outside and enjoy the fall (and hopefully cooler weather soon.)
- Set up independence with structure for you and your students. Kids may need more than one practice at setting an analog alarm clock or getting online. They are quick at technology. Give them an opportunity to learn responsibility under your guidance.
- Set up specific work stations for everyone. Everyone having this structure gives a sense of a real classroom. Assigned seats work. Use a cart to access supplies nearby. That cart keeps home school organized.
- Recharge yourself, your student and your devices nightly. Everything works better when it is unplugged. A common charging station helps families get a good night sleep.
- Teaming up has meant more and more. That team work can be home responsibilities and school tutoring. Partner to cook and clean up after meals, get laundry complete and organize your home. Have an older sibling or Aunt tutor a school subject, use Khan Academy or use online study apps as learning aids.
- Recess rocks. We all need breaks from work and school. Set a timer and practice the pomodoro method to be productive.
- Use technology as much as you can. Artificial intelligence can motivate your student and keep you from one more recitation of responsibilities.
- Set boundaries for work. While it is uncomfortable to feel unproductive at times, stepping away from work each evening will help you build more rapport with your family and reset your perspective.
- Get organized and edit your stuff. With everyone in a shared space, edit out what is not used and not loved. Less stuff gives you more space.
I am sure everyone has learned so much this year. I look forward to hearing all your comments.