Resuming the “Lessons Learned as a Parent of a Virtually-Schooled Student” Series

I have to be genuine with you in stating that I must (absolutely MUST) blog some of this lessons learned stuff out of me. It’s oozing out over the brim of my ever-waking thoughts. So, I must come out with some of it in today’s blog post. The specific subject matter, in question, has everything to do with virtual schooling for my sixth-grade son. Yes, I have a middle schooler — third time around. My two adult children have been there and done that, but never in a virtual school setting. My adult children also never middle schooled during a global pandemic of astronomical proportions either. So, this year’s schooling experience is all so very new to me. New year, new challenges.

And although my son is participating in a virtual school setting, his school decided to incorporate a somewhat hybrid component, starting this school year. So, the students have some weekly in-person instruction that they’re faced with, amid the challenges created with a global pandemic. (I’ll keep my personal feelings about the timing of this addition to myself.)

However, my overall feeling about this school year is that I’m thankful for my son to be living it, and I’m getting to experience this first-time rodeo right along with him. Furthermore, I’m starting to rack up some more “lessons” and we’re just 4 weeks into the school year. But, I’m ready to share; because I have a feeling that some of you out there may be experiencing your first-time rodeos as well. And you may need a little school-aged relatability to read here and there.

So, since I’m kind of preoccupied with all-things-middle school, I might as well work with what my brain is completely absorbing right now. We’re reviewing area and perimeter in math; working on developing thesis statements, topic sentences, and supporting information over a book we’re reading; learning how artifacts tie into history in social studies; and absorbing information on the brain and nervous system in science. Notice how I used the word “we’re” just now? 

No, I’m not doing his school work for him, which is slightly tempting at times. But like my son said himself, he’s a sixth grader now. I just need to let him be a “big boy”.  Hee. Hee. No, I don’t do his work for him, but I do make myself a presence in his educational journey.  His teachers do have interaction with him during their office hours (if students would like a little more instruction or have questions). But these times are not meant to “teach” the curriculum.

The middle schoolers are learning on their own, for the most part. And yes, they do some activities with their teachers during their in-person sessions at school. But again, they’re learning the school content pretty much on their own. So, momma comes in to play a lot more this school year than in the past three, where Little Man had a teacher instructing him all day (whether he was attending a brick-and-mortar school or doing school through distance learning).

Needless to say, I’m there to make sure that he’s setting daily/weekly goals to get work accomplished, developing good study habits and staying on task, utilizing note-taking techniques to capture the main points from his online materials, comprehending what he’s reading and applying it in his daily tasks and in testing, and mastering competencies before moving on to new material.

His teachers and assigned mentor will also be instrumental in helping him to successfully achieve his educational goals. But you might as well throw momma in the bunch too, because I’m doing a bit of literal homeschooling this year. And, I must say that it’s somewhat fun, even. It’s amazing how much knowledge you can pick up on the second time around. I’m a sixth grader again. Whoo hoo, back to school!

Well, let’s just say that I’m soooooooo looking forward to telling you what I learn from learning with my son. It should be an adventure for sure. But don’t you worry. I don’t plan on giving up “new product development” Tuesdays. Actually, I’ve been so busy with Untitled Book #2 audio clips lately that I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the new product development going strong yet. I believe I have one more audio clip for Untitled Book #2 to post; and then, I should be on to adding more to the “Creative Entrepreneurship Basics” series, where I’ll still be sharing what’s going on on the new educational products front. I have a feeling that some of my greatest ideas will evolve from this school year’s experiences with my son.

You’ll just have to keep checking in to find out. I should have some interesting content for you, though. Look for:

  1. Mastering the hybrid learning experience
  2. Typing is key for the virtual learner
  3. An in-home school work setting that sets a student up for success
  4. Schedules for the virtual learner
  5. Goal-setting for the virtual learner

Lessons Learned

6 thoughts on “Resuming the “Lessons Learned as a Parent of a Virtually-Schooled Student” Series

  1. Our situation is a lot like yours, but with no in-person learning and a younger child. I have to be so hands on that I sometimes think I should just homeschool, but having that safety net of a teacher available has been helpful and useful. As exhausting as it sometimes is to convince a 7 year old to work just a little longer, it’s also been fun to learn with him, especially since my math skills are shaky at best and now I get to teach him from the ground up. I’m looking forward to all your nuggets of wisdom!

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  2. Thanks very much for your post on being a parent of a virtually schooled student. Please keep up the posts as planned as I have not been at that end of the computer. Our schools in this area were only using remote learning In the middle of last year for about 8 weeks. I work 3 days in a middle school on a volunteering basis and I have done that for some 12 years now. Our school only allowed essential workers children to come to school during that period and I assisted with that in one classroom. All the other kids were being taught either on line, or with weekly take home packs that parents or guardians picked up from a central location in town. I am interested to know just how your experience will influence you and your child’s understanding and knowledge of school learning. Best of luck. You will certainly learn something from the experience.
    Regards, Phil at http://knowledge-data.net

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  3. Sounds like I should be getting some nuggets of wisdom from YOU. Anyway, I think we are both in for some educational adventures this year. I think it’s awesome that we have the opportunity to experience it with our children. The best to you and your family always. Enjoy your second go-around of second grade.:)

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  4. Hi there Phil. Oh yes, I plan on keeping the schooling posts coming for sure. Middle school is pretty much preoccupying my days as I try to work with my son on setting some good study, time-management, and note-taking habits/strategies for managing his assignments. The middle schoolers are left with a lot of autonomy on how to manage their work. And, structure is definitely one area in which my son and I need to improve upon. So, we’re working together on this. I never knew that it would take 6th grade (for the second time) to kick me into organizational gear. Anyway, I appreciate you educators out there who do what you do to give children a strong foundation that they’ll be able to carry throughout their lifetimes. Have a blessed rest of your week.

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  5. It’s certainly eye opening to experience this and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to relinquish control when he goes back to the classroom, but I agree we’re in for some adventures. Best of luck to you and your family and I hope it all ends up going well!

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