I hear the fears of parents on a daily basis. “This Covid learning is getting my children behind.”
My Experience in Covid Learning
When I got thrown into Covid learning with my students, I had a lot to learn and so did they. We did it together. Beginning in September of 2019 my students began their training in their independence work. It was the first time in their learning experience that they were not allowed to get help with homework at home. Their parents knew they were to step out of the picture, shift their role and become a mentor. They were skeptical and a little fearful, but trusted me and within days, they were glad they stepped aside. To prepare my students for this shift, I needed to teach them how to look at their homework assignments differently, manage their time, and use me as their only source of information lated to assignments.
By January, they were effective time managers, had discovered how they learn best, became effective questioners and problem solvers.
When Covid hit, they were already accustomed to solving problems and learning from mistakes. My school was trying to figure everything out at the same time my class and I were trying to find a way to make it work for us.
Because all classrooms have different types of learners, some of the suggestions of other teachers weren’t effective for my group, We rocked the process of co-creating a workable class.
The best part of all this is my students took their time management skills to another level. They began scheduling their days from the time they awoke to 5:00, when all their work was to be turned in.
I am firmly convinced that this training was what will be needed in the future and more important than the academics they may not be getting. Considering the fact that children forget 80% of what they learn within 48 hours, the practical skills my students learned will serve them for a lifetime. Home offices will not disappear and my third graders are prepared for them!
So was this a wasted period of time? No! It is what will be needed for the jobs that are yet to be determined.