Common bad habits for at-home school parents can include the tendency to do everything for their student whenever something goes wrong. It can be hard to ignore that instinct to fix something when it goes wrong, but one of the best practices for students learning at home is to let them solve their own problems.
At the start of their at-home school journey, Learning Coaches can—and should—help their students learn how to organize their assignments and schedule, navigate their online education portal, reach out to their teachers and counselors, and troubleshoot basic technology problems like connecting to the printer and finding files on their computers.
But once they have a good handle on what they need to do day-to-day, one of the best practices for remote Learning Coaches is to then let them try to solve their own problems first.
Be accessible to them when they really need help, but by letting them try to figure out what isn’t working on their own, they will build a sense of personal responsibility and start the process of becoming self-sufficient.