The role of a virtual school learning coach is critically important for the success of students in a virtual setting. To lead to an enriching experience, these three things are very necessary:
- Understand the Role of a Virtual School Learning Coach
- Develop a Routine
- Identify all Available Resources
Let’s briefly explore these three areas.
Understand the Role of a Virtual School Learning Coach
To be a successful virtual school learning coach, it’s important to understand the role you play in your student’s learning. As your student advances through the grades, your role will also change based on your student’s growing independence. As a successful learning coach, you will help manage your student and establish his or her daily routine. The learning coach provides structure for the student by ensuring that the student stays on schedule, monitoring attendance, communicating with teachers, assisting and supporting students with lesson work, minimizing distractions, and monitoring student progress and comprehension.
The effective virtual school learning coach will help manage their student’s daily routine while giving them the independence they need as they advance through grades. As your student advances, so does your role – you’ll be there to monitor attendance and communicate with teachers, but also stay on top of schedule management throughout each day in order for students not get distracted too easily or lose focus from what needs to be done next!
You will also play a huge role in helping coach your student, academically. For example, if you are coaching an elementary-aged learner who is struggling with reading comprehension skills or math facts fluency—then one of your roles would be that of developing those specific literacy/math strategies.
Develop a Routine
Many students need to learn how to stick with a routine. The best way for them is when there are predetermined times of the day that they have tasks and responsibilities, which will help keep track of their schedule more easily. Furthermore, these routines should be personalized based on factors such as student attention span or family commitments in order not only accommodate each individual’s needs but also make sure it stays consistent so you can maintain progress over time.
Resources Available to a Virtual School Learning Coach
Researching important aspects of your new virtual school learning coach role can be quite daunting. Fortunately, there are many online resources that will help you succeed. They include teachers and school counselors who work with students on a daily basis at the virtual school; faculty members like principals to provide leadership, as well as keep an eye out for any potential problems or concerns among student populations; reference materials such as critical thinking skills tools from Khan Academy to assist with tasks related to curriculum development, lesson plans, peer tutoring processes etc.; and even social media outlets where discussions about specific topics relevant to educators.
With virtual schools becoming more and more popular, it’s important for virtual school learning coaches to know what they need in order to be successful. We hope these three insights will help you on your journey of being a virtual school learning coach.
If you’re an experienced virtual school learning coach, be sure to share this with newly enrolled families. And, feel free to leave any advice in the comments below.