Undoubtedly, the 2020-21 school year will be a challenging one, as families brace for changes between in-person, hybrid, and online formats and parents prepare themselves for a return to the tribulations of distance learning--many of them, themselves still adapting to working from home.
Fortunately, there were many lessons learned during the turbulent and, yes, largely ineffective COVID Spring semester. In a three-part series including Overcoming the COVID Slide and How to Help Students Who Are Just Struggling, the educators at Varsity Tutors will share some of those lessons and provide strategies to ensure that you and your family are ready to thrive in this new school year. In this installment, let’s tackle a looming concern: keeping students engaged when their favorite parts of school aren’t happening as often as they used to.
Some aspects of school—quizzes, lectures, and assignments, for example—have been relatively easy to move online. But others—field trips, sports teams, theatre, and band chief among them—haven’t yet made the move, and might not for a while. And this creates two acute needs:
So, for the entire family’s sanity, as well as each student’s development, it’s important to fill the day with things for students to look forward to and with after-school activities that capture their imaginations. And there are some easy options to do that:
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