Parents of school aged kids, you are in for a treat today. Joining me (via zoom) is Dr. Amanda Benolken, Supervisor of Educational Technology and Innovation at New Hope-Solebury School District. Throughout the past 12 years, Amanda has held positions as an elementary teacher and instructional coach, and in addition to her “day job,” she currently serves as an adjunct professor at Gwynedd Mercy University teaching graduate leadership and curriculum courses and a dissertation advisor.
So needless to say Amanda is no joke.
In addition to her impressive resume, Amanda is mom to a 4th grader, so she is navigating DISTANCE LEARNING as both administrator and parent. So guess what folks? She is in the weeds with the rest of us!
I invited Amanda to join me, to help provide some direction, and share some insight for parents who are feeling overwhelmed, and underprepared to take on the role as teacher. Amanda also shares how she is juggling work and parenting in her own home while we’re under quarantine.
During our conversation we talk about things like:
- What is a reasonable expectation for how long kids should be focused on academics each day?
- Advice for parents who are panicked that their educational development is resting on their shoulders
- Overcoming the technology hurdle if you’re unfamiliar with platforms like Zoom, Google Classroom, or Canvas
We also talked about non-traditional learning opportunities, like cooking a meal or writing letters and how they MATTER!
We wrap up with some resources for parents and students to help add extra support outside of the classroom, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the show notes.
This is uncharted territory for everyone, and rest assured that your kids education WILL be ok.
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Links Mentioned in this Episode
Links For High School Juniors
Suggested Vetted SitesS, Tools & App For This School Closure Period
Some Of Amanda’s Favorites
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