Covid -19 pandemic has created a chaos across the world of education as some schools refuse to reopen, while the rest decided otherwise. Online classes are the only way to avoid the academic loss. Some experts look at the efforts of schools and hope that many will change for the better to educate students in the future.
Chris Cerf, deputy chancellor for New York City’s Department of Education and founder of a nonprofit Cadence Learning says, “I believe that we are going to come out of the pandemic situation. We have learned a great deal about how to deliver quality instruction to students”. Chris chef started his career as a high school teacher and has served as the New Jersey education commissioner.
#coronavirussyllabus is trending on Twitter. Anne Fauso Sterling, an Emerita professor of Biology at Brown University, tweeted, “Professors should teach the virus whatever their discipline. Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and a professor of sociology at the institute for advanced study in Princeton, N.J collected the idea into a public document. This now includes books, medical journal articles, music and music videos, podcasts and radio and archives.
Anyone can access the coronavirus syllabus –
Professors have said that they are having some of the resources of the coronavirus syllabus in their classes. The syllabus is updated continuously. Professor Nelson issues a more curated version once a month. The updated syllabus appears on the Social Science Research Council Website. “We are trying to capture all the ways human society has tried. We are also trying to make sense of this quite dramatic change”, said Fauso Sterling.
Team teaching and internet style
Roberto de Leon starts his online English lesson with fifth-grade students. Dozens of local teachers play the tape and discuss them with students across the country. It is a part of cadence learning. Cadence learning started as a summer learning program after schools across the country moved to remote teaching in the wake of Covid -19 outbreak. Under the model, a network of 16 mentor teachers give online instructions to around 7,500 students across the nation. To offer the program at little or no cost to school districts, cadence raised $ 4 million.
Emmie Galan, a physical teacher at Winston campus junior high school in palatine said, “Majority of our students come from low income families, and many of them are not allowed to go outside at all. Also, parents fear the coronavirus. For golf, He went to the local driving range. He suggested his students ball up a sock. Also find a flashlight or candlestick or anything they could hold with two hands and practice a swing”. Moreover, She conducted live biking tours for each of her six classes. She says, “I wanted to be live each time to communicate with students while they were doing their walks”.
Students Mental Health –
Amid the concern to provide quality education remotely, educators are also realizing they require to find new ways to address the mental health needs of the students.
Brad Rathgeber, who heads one schoolhouse, a non-profit online school said, “In most schools, we rely on word of mouth to make sure children don’t fall through the cracks”. This non-profit online school works primarily with independent schools.
Lisa Damour, a clinical psychologist who helps teach the online course said, “We are trying to lower the threshold for raising a flag. The pandemic is a perfect storm for adolescents. Stripping adolescents off the structure and warmth they derive from school, and wearing down their parents and teachers at the same time”.
In South Carolina, there is an old fashioned technology to help solve the wifi connection problem and broadcasting. Around half a million South Carolinians live in areas that fall below the federal communications commission’s standard for broadband connectivity. The state applied for one of the departments of education’s Rethink k – 12 education models grant awarded to states tacking educational challenges during the coronavirus crises, to bridge the gap. Also, The state was one of 11 that received permission in South Carolina’s case. It has received $ 15 million to give all the students with access to virtual classes. Also, even students without access to the internet will have access to virtual lessons now.