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How the “3 Ms” Can Improve Distance Learning

Any adult who has spent time on back-to-back Zoom calls knows how exhausting it can be to keep engaged.

Now imagine you’re a child or teen trying to sustain that kind of focus all day.

It’s been challenging to keep children engaged virtually, to say the least. And yet, that’s what so many of our students and families have been grappling with for almost a full year now.

Many of our students and families are just over it, but the good news is there are some simple ways to improve focus and engagement with distance learning.

I was honored to be on the Building Better Minds series on CBS6 in Virginia with Rob Cardwell. We spoke about the 3 M’s for parents and students to re-engage with virtual learning. Check out this 2-minute video to learn how the 3 M’s can help children with preventing Zoom fatigue.

Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D., is a school psychologist, speaker, and author on a mission to help children thrive by supporting school psychologists, educators, and families. She is the founder of The Thriving School Psychologist Collective, an online community dedicated to improving mental health and learning supports in public schools. She is also the creator of several parenting courses designed to help parent with the stress of the pandemic, particularly for parents of neurodiverse children.  For more information on Rebecca’s resources for parents, visit

For more specific tips on supporting children with distance learning, click here. 

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