Every virtual schooling parent is aware that they are their child’s best and strongest advocate. They are the only one spending all day, every day with their child. They are the one best equipped to see their child’s struggles and successes, because they are the ones who truly monitor that behavior and performance every day. They see the real progress being made—not just lessons being marked complete, but the moments when real, genuine learning takes place. It is the parent who sees the light bulb go on in a child’s head when they finally grasp a concept that has eluded them before, the parent who sees it when a child jumps into a subject that they just love. It is also a parent who sees when learning is not taking place, and a child is struggling to understand a concept, even though they may be able to correctly answer the questions.
That means that it’s the parent’s job to stand in the gap between technology and teacher—to keep the teacher informed of everything that is going on and how it is affecting their child.
A classroom teacher will see a day when a child is feeling under the weather, and will make accommodations for that day. A virtual teacher can’t.
A classroom teacher will likely know when something is going on at home (a new baby, a parent who has lost a job, an ill sibling). A virtual teacher needs to be told.
A classroom teacher will know when your child has experienced a difficult day, or a difficult subject, or a difficult falling out with friends. A virtual teacher won’t.
A virtual teacher can’t know when your child has eaten something that he shouldn’t, or fallen off of a swing set while playing outside, or had a nightmare the night before that led to a restless night.
That’s why it’s your job to communicate with your teacher. Tell her about the hard days—sometimes even the little things. Tell her about the days when nothing goes the way it’s supposed to. Tell her when your child is frustrated. In the long run, it will help her to understand your child better—and that will make her a better teacher.