How to Provide Ongoing Encouragement for Your Student

Last Updated: September 13, 2021 |
Published On: September 28, 2020 |
Categories: Home Learning, HomeCoach |


To provide ongoing encouragement during distance learning.

Tips for achieving it

  • Talk with your student about having a growth mindset. We all make mistakes; it is part of the learning process.
  • Teach your child to be a flexible thinker in order to adapt to changes.
  • Give authentic and specific praise. Example: “I like how you persisted with that math problem and didn’t give up when it got hard!”
  • Show curiosity and interest in what your student is learning. Example: “Tell me about _____.” Make a connection with them by talking about how that is the same or different from when you were their age.
  • Make it fun by turning their class learning into real world applications. Example: Following a recipe involves reading and math. Discussing real world dilemmas involves reasoning and critical thinking skills.
  • Acknowledge and validate the varying emotions surrounding distance learning.
  • Foster a positive mindset by brainstorming the positives such as still being able to see friends (online) and being able to learn in a safe environment.
  • Model the behavior you expect from your student.
  • Allow for choices whenever possible (What do you want to work on first, math or reading?)
  • Encourage your child to ask questions.


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PBS article on flexible thinking
Tips for parents (video)