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Role of the Home Facilitator?

The home facilitator plays an integral role in the success of students in distance education courses. Although the role of the home facilitator can be demanding and time consuming, it is fundamental to student success. It should not be entered into casually.

The following are some recommended guidelines:

For Primary and Elementary students

• The home facilitator (usually but not always the parent) is responsible for ensuring that the student works on a regular and scheduled basis.
• The home facilitator will become familiar with the Home Facilitator's Guide and the program materials for the program in which the child is enrolled. These are the materials and activities that allow the student to meet the BC provincial learning outcomes.
• A permanent work site for the child should be arranged.
• Lessons should be submitted regularly and in sequence to the Distance Education School.
• Lesson and practice sections should be completed prior to doing the send-in exercise.
• The home facilitator should review student work before it is submitted.
• The home facilitator should go over returned work with the student. The teacher will have added many supportive comments. These comments and any errors should be discussed, corrections completed when necessary, and lessons re-submitted if requested.
• A regular daily schedule is a common characteristic of success.

Children learn at different rates and in different ways. Consultation with your child’s teacher will help you to identify your child's learning style. Working together, you can ensure that the instructional strategies most appropriate to your child's success are in place.

For Secondary students

While the home facilitator might play a more significant role in the success of primary and elementary students in distance education courses, the parent is also an important support for secondary students.

The following are some recommended guidelines to support secondary students:

• The home facilitator (usually but not always the parent) is responsible for ensuring that the student works on a regular and scheduled basis. The importance of this cannot be over-emphasized.
• A permanent work site for the child should be arranged.
• Lessons should be submitted regularly and in sequence to the Distance Education School.
• Lesson and practice sections should be completed prior to doing the send-in exercise.
• Although teens often object to close supervision, there is no reason a home facilitator would not review student work before it is submitted.
• The home facilitator should ensure the student reviews returned work. The teacher will have added many supportive comments. These comments and any errors can form the basis of important discussions about the work.
• A regular daily schedule for work, and a set of planned dates for the submission of work are the hallmarks of a successful independent learner.

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