While the future remains uncertain amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, there have been ongoing discussions on what the future of education for elementary and high school students could look like.
From learning models to reengaging with other groups of kids, parenting expert Alyson Schafer says the social aspect of high school culture was removed for many students, allowing for more to thrive at home.
When it comes to high school students, education expert Lauren Barr says the pandemic has allowed educators to pause, reflect and develop new tools and strategies.
Barr says having conversations about what a good education looks like, ensuring there is flexibility and adaptability in classrooms, as well as checking in with students has been successful.
From introducing a variety of different learning styles for curriculum to making accommodations for students, Schafer says there has been an ongoing effort to have education that best suits the needs of the kids.
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To keep kids engaged and to take their learning to the next level, Schafer says continuing to customize education plans and curriculum is important.
“It’s about engagement, it’s about equity, it’s about offering different choices both to students and educators,” says Barr.
“I think we need to really sit down and evaluate what we want as a society for our education system, and we need to make sure we’re actually doing it, and we want to work together.”
Barr adds getting insight from students, teachers and other community members to work collaboratively can lead to figuring out past problems and aiming towards future goals.
For kids who have adjusted to learning from home and feel anxious about returning to in-person schooling full time, Schafer advises parents to find the root cause.
When it comes to anxiety, parents’ attitudes also matter, she says and they can work on some problem solving to help their child feel prepared to make it through an anxious situation if it arises.
Watch Schafer and Barr’s full interview with ‘The Morning Show’ in the video above.