Tips for 9-12 Learning
Tips for Parents
- Reinforce that online courses are as important as traditional, face-to-face courses and will count for grades and credits required to graduate.
- Here are some helpful resources for parents:
- ACPS Technology Services Helpdesk
- Review your child’s course information on Canvas, including the syllabi
- High school students will have school from 8:30am-3:10pm
- Encourage time for movement and mindfulness each day. Moving is vital to health, wellbeing, and readiness for learning. Going outside, exercising, and thinking meaningfully about our feelings and thoughts are important ways to stay calm and focused during this time.
- Define expectations. Agree on incentives to encourage your child to focus on their work.
- Remind your child to identify a dedicated workspace to keep their materials and do their work.
- Ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast before getting started in the morning.
- Check in with your child as they begin the day’s learning, and at the end of each day’s work.
- Remind your child to reach out to their teachers or peers when they need help.
- Encourage your child to maintain contact with friends through online methods or through social media - but continue to monitor your child’s social media use. Remind your child to be polite, respectful and appropriate, and to follow school expectations for digital citizenship in their interactions with others. Report unkindness, bullying, and other problems so that everyone maintains healthy relationships and positive interactions.
- Give encouragement and celebrate your child’s achievements and efforts. Give positive feedback about how they are handling their learning.
Tips for Students
- Create a daily/weekly schedule and stick to it. Try making a checklist so you can see your progress as you complete tasks.
- Be sure to schedule movement and brain breaks!
- Moving is vital to health, well-being, and readiness for learning. Going outside, exercising, and thinking meaningfully about your feelings and thoughts are important ways to stay calm and focused during this time.
- Find a quiet place to complete your work and keep all your study materials together.
- Put in your best effort each day.
- Reduce distractions
- Turn off social media and/or put your phone away when you’re working - you can build in time to check your phone at breaks.
- Turn the volume down or off on televisions, music streaming, or other devices while you are working.
- Have breakfast before getting started and be sure to take a break for lunch if you’re still working. Try to add healthy options like fruits and veggies and avoid sugary drinks and junk foods.
- Self-advocate: contact your teacher, counselor, trusted adult, or friend when you need help.
- Create virtual study groups to work together with your friends on projects, complete tasks, or review material.