Melbourne parents need to take the pressure off themselves now they are once again supporting their children's learning at home, according to two education experts. Source: ACU.
Across Victoria, prep to Year 10 students in lockdown areas are returning to remote learning this term, placing parents back in the teaching role.
Matthew Zbaracki, Australian Catholic University, Head of School of Education, Victoria, and Jane Plunkett, an ACU-qualified teacher turned education consultant, said teachers did not expect parents to run their home like a classroom. The educators have two school-aged children together.
“It’s a very stressful time for everyone. But there is a misunderstanding about teaching at home,” Dr Zbaracki said.
“To home-school in the ‘purest’ sense means the parent takes on the role of being the educator, (teacher) and provides the actual curriculum and assignments and activities.
“What most Victorian parents are doing now is ‘home learning’; the tasks are provided by the school, and the parent may assist as a guide with accomplishing them.
“Home learning provides more guidance and structure for families than true home schooling.”
Dr Zbaracki said the main goal of home learning was to keep children connected with their schoolwork and engaged in age-appropriate learning activities.
“These are unprecedented times for all of us, and Victoria is trying to cope with dramatic changes to its day-to-day existence,” he said.
“It’s important that we recognise that parents will facilitate learning in very different ways and that’s OK. When teaching children at home, parents must take the pressure off themselves.”