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Here's some tips for parents adjusting to the new reality of e-learning

Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 18:18:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After weeks of intense, non-stop work, Leon County Schools first day of e-learning is behind them, and says so far, the new experience has gone smoothly.

"It was definitely kind of scary at first," said Miranda Woodring, a 4th-grader at Macclay Elementary School. "It's been fun though. I definitely feel a lot more confident."

When she first found out she'd be taking classes online, Miranda had a lot of questions.

"It was a new thing," she said. "I didn't know how it was going to work."

Her tutor, Annie Williams, says for parents of kids like Miranda, start off by setting expectations of how this is going to work. Let them know which room they'll be working in and at what time they need to have everything done.

"It's important for parents to sit down and talk to their children about what are their expectations, and what's that new classroom learning to look like in their house," Williams said.

Williams said it's important to set and keep a consistent schedule.

"Just know it's gonna be difficult for parents to do this and it looks different every household," said Williams.

Make sure your student is aware of all the options available through the school, and don't expect to have all the right answers.

"We see that a lot here," Williams said. "So parents come and they say this math 2+2 is four, but the way to get there is different than what I was taught."

Don't be afraid to seek help if you need it. Above all, be patient.

"Parents, you're doing a great job," said Williams. "We're all gonna get through this together."

Leon County Schools started officially Monday, but teachers have until Wednesday to contact their students.