Tuesday, June 16, 2020

#sol20 School Days, Dear Ol' PreCovid Days

I've been reading the guidelines for returning to school in the fall and like most others, find the concepts of "catching up on lost learning," and "learning while social distancing" daunting, at best.  Yet, I know that virtual school via "homeschooling" is challenging, at best ,and not a viable option for many families.

I'm pondering tiny classes meeting outdoors under tents, shade trees, and in areas formerly referred to as neighborhood playgrounds or baseball fields? I'm wondering how schools might look without buses or lunchrooms or shared materials or small group instruction!  I'm worried about how we can meet the needs of students who need intensive individual learning plans. 

It's a big task to rethink schools beyond our "quick fix" of distance learning; I am confident that there are options because schools are certainly not static forums for learning. Our PreCovid 21st Century schools were drastically different from the learning environments of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. 

So this reminder of the "good ol' days Pre Covid" is a "shout out" to all the teachers, students, parents, caregivers and administrators who did their best their best this year and who are going to spend their "summers" trying to come up with plans to meet curriculum mandates and to provide inclusive, differentiated instruction for the diverse learners

School days, School days,
Dear ol' Common Core days,
Objectives, assessments,
accountability, rule.
Curriculum driven, and test-score focused, too.
Kids brushed their hair and put on shoes,
Backpacks, water bottles, 
and snack sacks went, too.
We shared whiteboards and I pads and 
books each day.
We stressed over scores, grades and 
end of the year evals,
When we were carefree PreCovid.


Stacey Shubitz said...

I appreciate the way you changed that old song.

We got a notice from my daughter’s school district asking about busing for next year. They don’t know if they can have more than one kid per seat. That gave me pause. I just don’t know how this is going to work out.

Adrienne G. said...

I go back and forth expecting to hear we are meeting face to face, then expecting to hear we'll be online. I am trying not to think about it too much. I hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Fran Haley said...

Who'd have thought the "pre-COVID" days were so carefree?? And who can imagine what on Earth school will look like this fall... the CDC guidelines of "schools are required to ..." are insane. Kids can't, for example, sit one to a bus seat and skip rows; at my school, which is small, we only have three buses. We'd need twelve - quadruple - the number of buses. Imagine what it would take for large schools. Can't happen! And this is only getting TO and FROM school - not to mention what is required during the day ... heaven help us all. But what a creative, engaging, honest perspective, Anita.