SELF-LEARNING modules are designed where the learner is free to choose what to learn, how to learn, when to learn and where to learn and this flexibility is an importance characteristic in open learning process.
In a distance learning approach, parents are partners of teachers in education. They would have to play an important role in the learning process amidst Covid-19 pandemic. The modular approach situates students to learn in the comfort of their homes. Parents are known as home facilitators, assist, guide and support their kids but will not teach the subject matter nor answer the tasks themselves.
Doing so is indeed not an easy task especially so with parents who have not acquired higher level of education. Working parents likewise find difficulties in this new set up of learning. Parents need these tips in helping the child in accomplishing the SLMs (Self-learning Modules) such as:
One, set the workroom of the child. The workplace must be well-organized, quiet and conducive to do his SLM. Avoid having your child do his SLM distracted, like where there are lot of people, gadgets, etc.
Second, regularly check the child’s workweek plan and make sure that the learner sticks on his schedule. It is important to follow the given schedule or specific time on his or her workweek plan to do the SLM. Ask your child to follow strictly because this could also help him or her develop discipline and good habits.
Third, motivate to be positive. Teach your child to think positively about doing his or her self-learning modules. Inculcate to his or her mind that doing the SLM is important, because it helps him/her understand better his or her lessons.
Fourth, give rewards, encouragement and appropriate praises. If you child did his or her job well and worked hard to finish, praise him/her, give rewards to get motivated to learn. He or she will be motivated to do his or her best in finishing the modules.
Fifth, provide enough materials needed in his/her SLM. Be sure that your child has a material like paper, ball pen and other references or a stable and good internet connection for his/her online classes and researches. Also ask your child if he/she needs special materials for some projects so he/she can save time for doing so.
These five tips will possibly help both the child and the parents to cope with the demand of the distance learning approach which the pandemic left everyone no choice to keep safe and continue education despite many limitations. As mothers, it is our joy to see them learning and enjoying their Self Learning Modules (SLM) given set of rules inside the house. They could still have their play time and some sort of socialization around the neighborhood without sacrificing their study time. It is best that we, parents always start the day with the realization that we are responsible in the mind setting of our child.