When COVID-19 hit, many teachers knew that millions of their students wouldn’t have the home environment needed to transition successfully to remote learning. Videos of educators going to all manner of lengths to deliver food and learning supplies to students have tugged at our heartstrings.
Learning is poised for big change–two major catalysts are calling into question the value of going “back to normal”
I’ve seen a lot of metaphors for what pandemic teaching is like. Some say teaching in 2020 is like building a plane while you’re flying it. Others compare it to working on a Rubik cube: just when you thought everything would click into place, the whole thing falls apart.
Teaching young students to tune in to facial expressions—even when partially obscured by a mask—can support the development of emotional literacy skills.
Educator morale is dropping. School districts are reporting fewer job applicants. Student mask requirements are expanding. And there is a big range in the amount of live instruction schools offer daily.
Both Biden and his pick for vice president, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, have criticized the Trump administration’s handling of school reopenings following coronavirus-related building closures in spring.
With a little creativity, those who support students with disabilities can help ensure they gain work experience, even while learning remotely.
This year building a “kindness” culture and empathic classroom community is more important than ever. We want to support our kids with consistent routines whether they are learning at home, in the classroom, or both! This is why we were so excited when our friends at Red Nose Day created remote learning ready SEL resources that are tied to key learning moments throughout the year.
When COVID-19 first became a national conversation topic, a flurry of articles in major U.S. publications followed proposing what, post-COVID-19, would remain the same and what would be different. There seems to be an assumption that these issues have largely been resolved; while we may not like every change, we at least have a pretty good idea of what post-COVID U.S. education will look like. A previous experience with the interaction of a school system and a disaster this century, Hurricane Katrina, should warn us that we’re probably underestimating how extensive and profound those changes are likely to be.