“We can’t wait until things get back to normal.” That’s a common phrase uttered in and around households all across America. This pandemic has forced us to rethink many of the things we normally do over the course of our day, from online grocery shopping to dining out. Education has seen probably one of the most disruptive changes to traditional learning during this COVID-19 pandemic.
With all of the disruption, public attention has shifted to helping students recover from “learning loss.” As with many of my fellow educators, I find this phrase to be extremely negative. There are students who were displaced academically by this pandemic (especially those in underserved communities). But to say it was all a loss is deficit thinking. It focuses too much attention on where we have been, not where we need to go.