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Managing Your Child's Behavior While Learning Online And YOU Being Able To Work From Home At The Same Time
Katherine Zrolka Eisner, Ed.S.
Early Childhood Education Teacher
Behavioral Expert & Coach
2 Time Teacher of the Year
WELCOME TO DIGITAL LEARNING 911
First, let us say welcome, and good for you for taking the first steps to ensure your child and you are successful during this "new normal" of online learning. We get it, managing schoolwork, online learning, and working from home is a real challenge.
Especially when online learning isn't the ideal way for children to be taught, plus, sitting through 2-hour zoom lessons when a child's attention span is only 5 minutes can be nearly impossible.
Well, we are here to provide you structure, strategies, and a mindset to enable both you and your child/children to be successful during COVID-19.
These strategies you will learn are immediately applicable, result in yielding, and work year-round to ensure your child's success in all areas of behavior.
But first, let us share our story:
Katherine Zrolka Eisner, Ed.S.
Christine Bower, M.Ed.
Dr. Bradley Caro Cook, Ed.D.
The three of us went to the University of Georgia and majored in special education.
When we first started our teaching program as sophomores, we were placed in some of the most challenging classrooms. We had students with significant behavioral and emotional challenges that made it difficult for these young children to be successful at school and in their homes.
While in our internships, we tried the different strategies we were learning in our classes and from the teachers with whom we were interning. Because of the learning and behavioral challenges, most of these strategies only worked for a short period and in isolation.
They were based upon punishing and looking back now; they were terrible approaches. Still, we do the best with the skills we have, right?
We tried having a conversation with the student about the importance of success. That didn't work at all.
We even tried providing consequences such as time out, but that just made things worse
Then we tried letting them have free-time and extra outdoor time, and that worked a little better.
We were frustrated, disappointed, and starting to lose hope. Our mission was to serve children and ensure their academic and life success. However, early on, it didn't seem to be panning out because of behavioral issues with the students we were trying to teach.
That was until our junior year of college when we spent a semester learning and implementing a research-based behavioral approach to the behavioral success of our students.
The method is called Applied Behavioral Analysis. After we learned its core principles and started implementing them in the classroom, everything changed!
All of a sudden, children started paying attention, completing their work, increased their independent time on task, doing their homework, and getting along with others.
While it wasn't perfect, compared to how it was before ABA, it seemed like a miracle...but really, it was just behavioral science.
All at once, we each saw our futures as bright opportunities to fulfill our mission.
The real problem why both parents and educators have a hard time with behavior management is either a lack of knowledge, being inconsistent, or using inadequate techniques. But that is easily solvable with the right strategies, mindset, and a systematic approach.
Over the past 20 years, the three of us have served as educators implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis techniques in various settings ranging from pre-k through college. Collectively, we have worked with thousands of students, parents, and teachers to empower them to be successful academically, emotionally, and behaviorally.
Not to mention we have invested a couple of hundred thousand hours and dollars into our collective teaching experience and education.
COVID-19 has been a challenge for everyone. Especially children who were sent home out of the blue and expected to spend hours learning online through digital media platforms. This new normal left teachers who were having to teach online and hustling to do so.
Parents were stuck working full-time jobs and expected to manage online learning for one or multiple children. Children were removed from a familiar learning environment, during their most formative years, and expected to "learn" digitally.
It is truly devastating.
As a result, parents have gotten creative.
Some parents enroll their children in pods, but those are expensive and have a high risk for contracting COVID-19.
-Some parents send their children back to school, but that comes with significant risk to the health of themselves and their loved ones.
-Some parents have decided to "home school," but it's not genuinely home school. It's schooling from home while trying to work a full-time job.
-Some parents have hired a nanny, babysitters, and help, but they aren't trained in academics or behavioral management.
-Some parents have brought in the grandparents to help, but they are running into similar problems with the long online time required.
It's a challenging situation all around.
That's why we created Digital Learning 911. We want you and your children to be successful with your digital learning experience.
Unlike us, though, you won't have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on advanced education, working thousands of hours honing your craft. We've made it simple for you and distilled our 60+ years of experience into a simple workshop series to get you started and a community that meets with us weekly to answer questions and address specific issues you have.
During our online mini-workshops, you will:
* Learn to manage your child's behavior consistently so you can ensure their academic success and focus on what is needed.
* Ensure your child feels successful and enjoys learning online so you can feel confident in your child's academic progress during COVID-19.
* Have multiple easily implemented techniques and the mindset to be successful in this approach so you can be confident that you are doing what is best for your child during COVID-19 and beyond.
* Learn how to implement these strategies to make an easy transition back to school when it re-opens so you can feel confident that there will be a smooth transition back to the classroom after spending so much time at home.
* Discover how to have less stress and a better relationship with your child so you can you will feel less overwhelmed, and your stress levels will decrease.
But don't just take my word for it. Take a look at this:
"My child was struggling in school, and at home, once I implemented these simple Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, my child's behavior and concentration improved right away!" Sarah H. –New York
"This has been an educational game-changer." Ellen R. –Los Angeles
"Now that I know these strategies, my children get along, and I can focus on my work." Sharon K. --Miami