Extended lockdowns and school closures have meant Australian parents have been forced to taking on teaching at home, but after months of home learning and lockdowns, what will life back in the classroom look like for Aussie kids?
Dr Tom Brunzell is the Director of Education at Melbourne-based family services organisation, Berry Street, and he spoke with The Morning Show to help advise both parents and children about homeschooling and the impending return to the classroom.
Watch the video player above for tips on homeschooling and preparing students before they return to school
Brunzell explained that having worked with students in the New York borough The Bronx following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the impacts of significant events on children can last for some time.
“The impacts of stress are stored in our bodies, and so I want to make sure that all teachers, adults, carers and parents are ready to support our kids,” he said.
With parents taking on the dual roles of parents and educators, Brunzell shared some tips in the form of a timetable to help break up the day for parents who have become de facto “teachers’ assistants.”
“Effective strategies for teachers’ assistants are to support what we call the ‘chunking’ of the lesson.
“Because we know whether we want young people to learn for a half-hour, or extend that even longer of course, that chunking the lesson helps to make it more possible for kids who are struggling with those speed bumps,” he explained.Dr Tom Brunzell shared a timetable to help parents and children get through the day. Credit: SevenThese steps can help ease the stress for parents and their children during homeschooling. Credit: Seven
“I love the idea of visual timetables … young people when they see that the timetables there, and it’s more possible through bit-by-bit learning, that’s what we want for at-home-learning,” Brunzell said.
With lockdowns lifting soon, Brunzell explained what he believes re-entry into the school environment will be like for Australian children.
“The best thing for adults to remember is we have to breathe, we call that co-regulating. That’s when we’re supporting the emotion and self-regulation of the child in front of us.
“Next, I want to connect to the values. And by that I mean, our kids value fairness, they value connection, they value their friends. And I really suggest that we never argue with what’s important to kids.”Dr Tom Brunzell’s book Creating Trauma-informed Strengths-Based Classrooms. Credit: SevenWith parents taking on the dual roles of parents and educators, Brunzell shared some tips in the form of a timetable to help break up the day for parents who have become de facto “teachers’ assistants.”