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Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience | Advice for Parents

Adjusting to the recent circumstances has been challenging for many families, especially those parents who have to work from home while ensuring their children are keeping up on their studies. We are so grateful of our parents’ support, and proud of our student’s achievement.

At Nord Anglia we offer a holistic Virtual School Experience which takes our students beyond traditional learning. In this mindset, the amazing work being done every day by students has been particularly valuable in cultivating self-management skills. In order to support our students further, here are some suggestions that you might find helpful to create a positive and productive learning experience.

 

1. Organise a dedicated learning space

You may want to create a special space dedicated for work. Involve your children to organise this area of your home, so they own it and feel comfortable working in this environment. Support them in getting organised and preparing all the material they require so that they can maintain a focused and productive work routine. For younger children, you can also help them be more independent with their time and schedule by using a clock or a timer by themselves. 

2. Schedule some study time

In the Nord Anglia Education Virtual School Experience our teachers create a timetable for our students in Key Stage 3 and this can be used to support time management and establish a routine. A balanced approach is essential. As such, aim to include time for recreation, social interaction, and exercise. Try to arrange for some time outdoors. If this is not possible download an indoor exercise app like the The Seven Minute Workout. Schedule regular breaks and non-screen time.

 

Students can implement effective time management strategies through the use of tools such as graphic organisers. These are efficient learning tools that allow students to visualise and sort information. When tasks are clearly mapped, it will be easy to support students with budgeting their learning and recreation time.

Various online and editable graphic organizers can be explored and used to support time management such as:

  • Flow Charts
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Concept Mappings

Students are encouraged to reach out to their tutors for further guidance and support in terms of selecting and deploying these tools.

3. Create a quiet learning environment and essential agreements

As everyone in the household might be working remotely, it is important to negotiate essential agreements as a family. Make sure that everyone feels like they have a voice and can contribute to creating a ‘home learning contract’ that is conducive to productive home learning environment. 

4. Offer support, comfort and encouragement

At any age, children need support. Be sure to make it clear that you are available to support them with their learning; it could be to clarify instructions or to explain an abstract concept. Parents are always a great source of support and should continue to encourage their child at all times. 

At Nord Anglia, our students have the great opportunity to connect with their classmates and teachers as well as with thousands of our other students globally via Global Campus. This is a lovely way to encourage new friendship, and more social interaction and extra support.

Students have regularly scheduled meetings with their form tutors once per week and can reach out for additional support as needed. 

5. Continue the good study habits

Remind your children to practice the positive study habits they have already acquired. The continuation of habits such as previewing and reviewing lessons, notetaking, and carefully checking of work to spot spelling and grammar errors before sending back to the teacher are essential.

 

6. Communication is key

Communication with your child of course, but also with the school. It is always a good idea to give feedback to teachers about your child's performance during the online learning period. Don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers with any questions.

We are continuously monitoring all our virtual school activities to ensure students’ wellbeing is front of mind and our teachers stay in regular communication with students online to see how they are progressing.

Remember that learning should be engaging, fun, and practical. At NAIS Pudong, our educational philosophy is holistic. At the heart of our virtual school, we aim to provide students with a rigorous academic grounding as well as developing creativity and critical thinking through co-curricular engagements and our collaborations with Juilliard and MIT.

 

This inquiry based and experiential learning model can be reflected in the home. Some ways you may have fun and learn together:

 

  1. Cook as a family – choose some new recipes and get your child involved even at a young age
  2. Share the household chores – this is a good opportunity to teach your child some of the basics of looking after their home or their bedroom
  3. Declutter and tidy up all together – playrooms, bedrooms, basements etc. as you probably spend most day at home, and create a great sense of achievement
  4. Take this time to brush up on your Mandarin or take up a new language.
  5. Exercise together – either following an app, or by letting one family member lead the workout!

 

It is great to have a variety of different activities for children to keep them active, engaged and having fun. Enjoy!