Keys To Success

Keys to Success

Many adults around the world have been working from home prior to this medical situation. Luckily, we can benefit from their experience to help set ourselves up for success.

  1. Create a physical and mental workspace for you to be prepared to ‘come to work’ each day. Eat before you start, turn off distractions and arrive ready to do the work.
  2. Establish a routine. We are used to bells, uniforms, cookie break, sign-ins, etc. These are all routines. You will need to work out your new routine.
  3. Remember our learning skills. At no time are the four learning skills more important than in a remote learning setting:
    • Manage your time and materials - the good news is you won’t be moving from space to space. Be aware of deadlines, use a calendar to keep track of deadlines and to plan your work. Make sure you are charging your device so you can continue to participate. Video takes more battery power from your laptop!
    • Focus on classroom activities - this is going to be tricky! Think about what helps you to stay focused and what gets in the way.
    • Take responsibility for learning - you need to ask for help and arrange for one-on-one time when needed. There are going to be a lot of questions as we start this so be sure to ask them. The goal is learning and being prepared for what comes next.
    • Contribute positively to the learning environment - again, so very important in this environment. You will be asked to participate in breakout rooms, work collaboratively in documents and to be respectful during video sessions. Encouraging each other will become a vital component for everyone’s success.
  4. Be curious and open to the change. This is new for almost everyone in our community. Teachers will require patience from students as they learn new technologies and adjust courses to fit this new approach. Students will require patience from teachers as they develop the skills and attitudes for success and overcome challenges.