A woman who has been homeschooling her son during remote learning has spoken about the difficulty she has faced after stepping into the role of his teacher.
Vedrana Pavlič, whose son is in third grade, said that “he had less motivation to study.
“He is very competitive, so seeing his classmates in person makes him more motivated to do schoolwork.”
She also saw a decline in her son’s concentration during this period.
“ONLINE learning put additional pressure and responsibility on me as a parent because i had to be present in every aspect of my son’s learning.”
Vedrana remembers the impact online learning had on her: “I had to be present in every aspect of my son’s learning.
“That involved learning new material, quizzing him on the new information he had learned, and helping him write homework.”
Meri Višić, an expert associate psychologist at Vazmoslav Gržalja elementary school in Croatia, said that teaching staff noticed that the pupils lacked the quality understanding of the syllabus they should have learned during remote teaching.
“At first, the virtue of online learning was that it distracted both pupils and their parents from the coronavirus pandemic.”
“The consequences online teaching has left on children and young people are getting more and more visible every day.
“The number of children with anxiety disorders, various fears and problems related to screen addiction, attention and concentration disorders, and various problems related to vision, spine, etc is increasing.
“Surveys we conducted at school with pupils and parents showed that the vast majority of students still prefer face-to-face classes or, as they said, they lacked the ‘live word’ of teachers, and, perhaps even more, they lacked the company of their peers.
“Since we are social beings, we must by no means neglect this aspect of socialization either.”