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  • Writer's pictureMr. Broberg


Teachers take great pains to establish classroom routines. Routines keep kids focused and

help everyone make the most of every minute of the day as they move from task to task.

But what works in a classroom doesn’t necessarily work at home. Despite all the ways teachers engage with students through technology, distance learning requires students to work more independently and shifts more responsibility for establishing routines to parents.

Nadine Kohler, our director of institutional advancement, struggled to find a routine that worked for her son, Nate, a second grader at Seabury. Then she decided no routine – or at least a more flexible one – was the best routine. Tell us more, Nadine.

Certainly, Brad. All of our kids approach school work differently – especially now that home doubles as their classroom.

My daughters – Charlotte is in seventh grade at Seabury and Mallorie is in fourth – embraced the timelines their teachers suggested that they follow during the course of the day.

Nate? Not so much.

During the first two weeks of distance learning, Nate was easily distracted and unable to succeed with his timeline.

The daily struggle to keep Nate on task instead of rolling around on the floor and couch was driving me crazy. So I ditched the timeline and created a checklist. Nate got to pick his “carrot” for the day – something he was excited to do when he finished everything on his checklist – and then earn the carrot by crossing everything off.

And guess what? Floor and couch rolling ended just like that.

The checklist works for Nate. And it works for me! Instead of redirecting him over and over again, I can be confident he is chugging along, starting and completing assignments without me saying boo.

Nate picks the easiest things on his checklist first. But that’s a good thing, right, because he can quickly start crossing things off and feeling good about accomplishing things before moving to more challenging items.

The checklist has been a game changer for us. Click here to download it for your kids. The sanity you save may be your own.


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