Sunday, February 28, 2021

 EDUCATE US


It's been almost a year since the world's educational system was turned upside down by the Corona Virus and COVID-19.

Institutions of learning closed, forcing students, parents, and educators to wonder, like most of us, what was next.

In the past months, it's not only the students but also teachers who are saying educate us. Teachers are looking for new ways to educate not only their students but themselves. 

Teachers tackling remote learning head-on. They're working through COVID protocols that have turned their familiar classrooms into unfamiliar territory. 

The tables have turned and in some ways, the educators have become the students. 

What's next?





Sunday, January 31, 2021

 NOT WHAT WE SIGNED UP FOR

It's 2021 and many students sadly are either doing 100% remote learning or half & half.

And while most students have adjusted nicely to this new way of learning, many teachers and educators have not. A common phrase many teachers are saying is, "This is not what I signed up for!"

Exactly what this means, depends on who you speak to. Most mean that they want to interact with their students in-person, not through the magic of Zooming.


Students are losing the opportunity to develop much needed social skills that online learning simply doesn't offer. Face to face, in-person classes give students the important opportunity to not only learn the Three Rs - it allows students to stretch and use something just as important as learning math, science, history, or English - and that is how to interact with others (both in school and more importantly, away from school).

No one is lessening the importance of safety. And thank goodness for online learning and remote classes because doing so has kept students and teachers safe. But at what cost?  

And have we gotten lazy so comfortable with remote learning that we have stopped searching for ways to safely return everyone to regular class attendance?

Time will tell what effect this different way of learning has had on both students and teachers.

Now we simply ask...

In person?