I think we can all agree that we are facing unprecedented times. Everything is changing, things feel different and there is a major shift happening. This is happening all around the world. It’s happening in the workplace, inside our homes, and definitely within the education system.
As a parent this can be challenging and exciting at the same time. It is challenging because we are taking on teaching our children in ways and environments we are not use to. It is exciting because we have the opportunity to implement some much needed change in the education system. We have the opportunity to remake learning!
I recently read an article on Grassroots innovation plus pandemic-fueled change could equal true transformation. by Melissa Rayworth. It was so inspiring and left me feeling great hope for the future of our children and the future of education. The concept is this: At a moment of remarkable innovation, how can we scale up progress for all learners? It takes on the importance of incorporating mental health into the classroom.
An excerpt from the article says: “If legislators can see firsthand what’s going on in the schools they represent, they can use that knowledge and share it with other lawmakers to get valuable programs funded, Hannah says. That’s one powerful method for scaling up grassroots innovation into widespread public policy. Even before COVID-19 disrupted schooling last spring, we’d been living at a time of powerful education innovation. In recent years, communities have begun building learning ecosystems.
We’ve seen school districts embracing new methods of assessment, thoughtfully infusing technology into daily learning and prioritizing social-emotional skills. That spirit of grassroots innovation is now colliding in a potentially remarkable way with the sudden changes necessitated by the pandemic. ” You can read the full article here.
I love that teachers and legislation are recognizing the importance of incorporating new learning methods along with social/ emotional skills. I have a child who greatly struggles with this. Processing change is hard for him, and he often doesn’t know how to express himself. It warmed my heart to know that the first 20 minutes of the school day this year was for just that. Allowing and encouraging kids to express their feelings in a safe place. They play games where kids rate the previous day. They ask kids how they can make today better than yesterday. They are given the room to express feelings and the tools to deal with those feelings. This is new this year, and it is setting the tone each day for the better. Teachers are connecting with students like never before, and I think it’s making a difference. I look forward to more of these innovations inside the classroom.
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