With COVID-19 shutting down schools and pushing instruction to the virtual classroom, many parents find themselves with new multitasking challenges. They’re not just parents anymore; they’re also part-time teachers, school counselors and virtual fieldtrip organizers. As director of the University of Denver’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children, Craig Harrer knows a few things about managing learning and tailoring education to the needs of individual students. Harrer shares his expertise in a Q&A with the DU Newsroom.
Craig answers the following:
- As COVID-19’s toll on lives and the economy mounts, how should parents talk to their children about the virus and the reasons for school shutdowns?
- Many parents find managing homework a stressful enterprise, much less managing a full schedule of classroom assignments. What’s your best advice to help them get through the school day?
- How can parents help their children adapt to a virtual classroom?
- Do you have any tips for parents who have children of different ages?
- When a family is sheltering at home, what’s the best way to supplement schoolwork?
- A big part of the school day is social engagement. How can parents — many of whom are working from home — provide that during a time of isolation?