For students, teachers, and administrators, the prospect of returning to school this fall is exciting. However, there are still worries concerning virtual learning, mask mandates, social distancing, and quarantines.
Re-establishing face-to-face interactions is critical for students to feel engaged and ready to learn. We anticipate that the majority of students will transition smoothly from a virtual learning (or hybrid learning) environment to the physical classroom, while some students may find it difficult because they will have experienced less anxiety and stress while working online and physically isolated from their peers and the classroom.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE EXPECTED IN THE CLASSROOM THIS FALL?
In light of recent events, students and classrooms as a whole will be facing a variety of challenges and mental health issues, including but not limited to:
- fight or flight responses
- shut down of executive functioning due to stress
- planning and problem solving difficulties
- emotional regulation and behavioural challenges
How can classroomS HIT THE RESET BUTTON TO RE-ENGAGE STUDENTS?
Rebuilding connections and routines are key for students to feel safe, supported and ready to learn. Teachers can help students overcome last year’s interrupted schooling by establishing classroom routines that encourage interaction to regain human connection and establish an academic mindset.
Learn how the Qualicum School District approaches classroom re-acclimation and academic readiness in the video below. Read the full case study here.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CHALLENGES WILL BE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS RETURNING TO THE PHYSICAL CLASSROOM? HOW WILL YOU DEAL WITH THESE CHALLENGES?
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