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Tips & Advice

A continued partnership with families is essential in ensuring the success of our remote learning program. The administration, learning support teachers, IT Director, and classroom teachers are all available to support and guide students (and families) should they need help. Below are some guidelines to help students achieve success with remote learning. 
Encourage your child to establish and maintain a routine and structure for their day, beginning with a regular bedtime and wake-up time each day. While some of our students may want to stay up late and sleep in, establishing a regular school day routine will help your student retain a sense of normalcy and stay engaged in learning. Be sure to help your student build in breaks during the school day, encouraging movement. Begin and close each school day with a brief check-in and touch base throughout the day at regular intervals to ensure your student is successfully engaging. Reach out to your student's advisor if you observe your student struggling to stay focused. Setting clear expectations about regular school day hours will help your student maintain a schedule and stay on top of school work.
Productive learning relies on a conducive environment. We recommend that, if possible, you help your student create a separate, quiet space to study. The family room sofa with close proximity to a television or your student's bedroom may not be the optimal place for your student to learn. Instead, try to choose an open area in the family living space (kitchen table, dining room, etc.) to avoid isolating your student and to allow parents to monitor their student's learning and screen activity. A room with strong wireless connection is also important.
Stay engaged in your student's learning by asking them questions and having them share their thoughts while encouraging their independence so they take ownership of their own learning. Some productive struggle is essential to learning, so we ask that parents allow their students to grapple with problems and come up with ideas for tackling them. Stepping in too quickly to help solve problems will deprive your student of the opportunity to learn, try new approaches, and gain greater independence and confidence. If your student becomes discouraged and/or overwhelmed by schoolwork, please reach out to their advisor. 
It will be very important for your student to stay in social contact (through virtual means) with their friends and peers during distance learning periods. Encourage your student to interact with friends through FaceTime/Google Meet, phone conversations, and our virtual clubs and after-school offerings. They can form study groups created by their teachers or informal groups that they develop on their own. Social interactions will help your student stay connected and feel a part of the Beacon community. 
Physical movement and exercise are vital to maintaining physical and mental health, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving concentration and focus for more effective learning and retention. Parents should monitor student stress levels, encouraging them to participate in our online meditation and community exercise challenges, and reach out to their advisor or the school counselor for advice as needed. 
Our Directors of Equity & Inclusion are reaching out to families to ensure all Beacon students have the tools they need to be successful with remote learning. If you need additional assistance, please contact your child's advisor or our IT Director. We are committed to supporting our families during this challenging time.