What to do when distance learning is just not working?


While students and teachers have been conducting school from home for months now, many are still having trouble adjusting to the change amid the pandemic.

So what should you do if you notice your child’s teacher appears to be stressed out or disorganized?

“I would suggest this to just anybody if you have a teacher in your life: text them, pick up the phone. ‘How are you doing, is there anything I can do to help?’ Check on them. As a group I think they need some additional support,” said Leanna Archambault, Associate Professor at the Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

She says if you are noticing any issues with your child’s classes, like if lessons do not match the schedule or classes are not starting on time, the first thing to do is to reach out to the teacher directly.

“Express your concern… see what you can do to figure out the solution and if a resolution can come there,” she advised. Reaching out to the teacher directly may give you the best understanding of the issue and can show compassion to the teacher.

“If that doesn’t work, you can approach the principal from a concern point of view, so that you’re expressing it in a way that shows concern but also gets your point across that hey, this isn’t working.”

Archambault says that while these issues may be frustrating for parents and confusing to students, it can also become a teachable moment for your child if you talk through these problem solving steps with them.

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