Back to School Time!
Beginning a new school year in the middle of a health pandemic is going to be a unique experience. How is your district reopening schools? Do parents have options? Do teachers have options? How will the first day of school operate in the brick and mortar setting or online? What will you do to ensure the safety of students and yourself in the classroom? How will you provide a solid, rigorous learning environment in light of the new challenges as we reopen school this fall? These are some of the watercooler questions educators are discussing and searching for answers. One thing we know for sure, schools will reopen in some shape and form, and based upon our prior experiences and current health trends, teachers will need to have “pivot ready lessons” to meet each student’s learning needs.
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Last December, we knew there were concerns coming out of China regarding this virus; however, we didn’t realize how quickly it would spread around the world. Now we have a lot of questions with answers that seem to be more fluid than certain. So . . . how did we get to this point in our educational situation? Let’s take a look . . .
As a result of the 2019-2020 school year, specifically the 4th quarter with limited learning, this year educators will need to take a look at the curriculum that did not get completed from the prior grade level to begin instruction this school year.
Although some students were able to complete the 2019-2020 grade level program, this expectation will not hold true for all students.
On top of these instructional challenges, school is opening with many uncertainities, as the COVID cases continue to surge nationwide.
Besides the watercooler questions and concerns stated, educators are asking more questions as we count down the weeks before school begins.
How are teachers going to figure out where the students left off in the curriculum?
What are some strategies to accelerate the curriculum to ensure students solidify prior standards and are ready for new learning?
While the calendar keeps ticking away and school will begin, how can teachers prepare for a successful start in the midst of uncertainity, anxiety, and confusion about the best way to reopen schools?