How to help with school at home: don’t talk like a teacher
Issued: Tue, 19 May 2020 10:23:35 BST
In this recent article How to help with school at home: don’t talk like a teacher written by Professor Catherine Doherty, published in The Conversation. Professor Doherty offers guidance and tips on how to help your child learn through talk.
In many countries schools remain closed and the dinner table now serves as the school desk. This crisis has given us all new respect for the work that teachers do, but it has also given us an extraordinary moment to break the strictures of classroom learning.
While there’s been much interest in digital tools and resources to help parents support learning, we shouldn’t overlook the most flexible and practical precision tool we have at our disposal – talk.
In the classroom, talk is typically used by teachers to marshal a diverse group of students through a sequence of activities in an allotted time. Some students may struggle to keep up with the pace of teaching, while others may find it grindingly slow.
But now we find ourselves in a unique moment. One-to-one conversations can unfold at a pace that reflects your child’s needs and interests. This is the magic formula that private tutoring bottles and sells for a hefty price.
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