Pupils will be back at the bus stop and school will start soon, but what can parents expect as their children return to class after the effects of years of pandemic?
Pettit said reading scores have been documented to drop and many students go missing during home learning. But the students also developed other skills during this period.
“On the one hand, you can’t fully compensate for learning loss,” Pettit said. “Teachers just need to assess where the students are and the students and teachers do their best from that point on. On the other hand, students didn’t just stop learning altogether. There are important life and family skills that were learned during quarantine and the months that followed. I believe that we should look at students from a “knowledge fund” perspective rather than a deficit perspective in order to recognize the cultural resources that a student’s household contains. »
She added that some students have isolated themselves and will need to relearn social skills, but many have found a vibrant community online through social media during the pandemic.
“On the one hand, you can’t fully compensate for learning loss,” Dr. Stacie Pettit said. “Teachers just need to assess where the students are and the students and teachers do their best from that point on. On the other hand, the students did not simply stop learning altogether.
Pettit also pointed out that the students are resilient, as well as the teachers. They did not stop teaching, but rather found new skills in teaching to make learning accessible in the new reality.
There are a few challenges that come back to in-person teaching after the last two years.
“Overcoming the fear they picked up through others and the news,” she added. “Feeling uncomfortable with their face exposed after getting used to hiding behind a mask and dealing with germ phobia. The students also have the added challenge of another recent school shooting in Uvalde, so not only are they getting used to being back in school full-time, but they also have security concerns.
Pettit added that there are still a few groups of students who may struggle to return to class full time.
“Certainly the children who missed kindergarten. Host family students. Special education students who did not have the support they needed during home learning.