Parents Alliance for Recreating the Educational Network
Tips for Home Studying from Italy: 25. Time to Share.
Daily pills to help students (and families) organize their study in Covid-19 times, when almost one billion children have seen their schools close. Signed by Marcello Bramati and Lorenzo Sanna, deans and teachers at Faes High schools in Milan. As reported by Time magazine, they are teaching online during the lockdown, in an ongoing experiment in remote learning. Every morning at 8.30 a.m., their advice, tips and good practices for students of all ages.
Parents can also work together remotely. In this month of forced isolation, Dad and Mum have been alone with their children as never before, partly because of time; partly because of the quarantine; partly because of the lack of confrontation with the usual educational network.
An opportunity to be seized is undoubtedly to use, and dignify, the class WhatsApp group, often used for service information or for controversial issues. Now it is a place to share good practices for staying at home and raising children.
We assume that all families are at a critical time, without constant educational tools for growth (such as peer comparison), without the mediation of teachers and instructors or without help such as speech therapists and psychologists.
Certainly fantasy and creativity will have prevailed on the initial discouragement and many parents will have tapped into experience and inspiration to stimulate and engage their children. Well, it's time to share, or ask for help, perhaps from the WhatsApp group that gathers people who share a common path.
Let's start from there, let's propose what we have done: it will be useful to someone, without wanting to show off. Likewise, if you can't avoid television in a massive way but would like to, you will need to ask for advice. And no one will think you are an unsuitable parent.
It is time to share, so that everyone's energies and ideas can be everyone's. There will be those who will recommend a video tutorial for an activity, those who will invent an adventure path from the bedroom to the kitchen, those who will be building something out of cardboard.
But there will also be those who will launch a race of portraits of friends, to share pictures and laughter, all together, remotely. School, at every grade, is a relationship, and it can also be a relationship between parents. In fact, it's one of the noblest ways to conceive it.