One of the biggest challenges the survey reveals is a lack of student motivation and focus. Parents cited an absence of grades, resulting in their child not being incentivized to complete assignments. In the words of one parent, “Students were told that their grades would not drop. This gave my student zero motivation. My student did only what she had to, which was very little.”
Caregivers also commonly mentioned an inability to focus as a perceived challenge for students. “Uno de mis hijos necesita que alguien esté constantemente recordándole para que se mantenga enfocado en lo que tiene que hacer. A veces se distrae fácilmente con otras cosas en la computadora. Entonces era estar checando que hiciera su trabajo.” (Translated: One of my children needs someone to constantly remind him to stay focused on his assignments. He easily gets distracted with other things on the computer. Therefore, I have to keep checking on him, in order for him to complete his work.)
Another major challenge is capacity and time, which was especially challenging for who were working a full-time job, and have other responsibilities of younger siblings and/or multiple students in the household. One student commented, “Trying to balance work and manage the’ classes is a huge challenge. If we only had to do one or the other, we could manage, but both are exhausting, and doing both well is just not possible.”
An important piece of understanding student’s experience with at-home learning is the impact of the digital divide, the gap between those with access to connectivity and technology and those without.
1) Create personalized instructional goals
2) Foster ongoing communication with educators
3) Set a learning schedule that allows for flexibility.
4) Learn nee digital tools
4) Coach parents on edtech tools
5) Collaborate with peers
6) Seek Guidance where needed