By Kristen Broussard, Contributing Editor
What is the new normal in education? A thought on the minds of many as we watch the transformation of how, when and where we teach and our students learn. The new normal is vastly different and yet changing, often resulting in learning gaps, feelings of isolation and technological dependencies with no definitive end in sight.
Presently, students are continuing to experience emotional stressors relative to technology, health and basic needs. With online learning, students need to access the internet to participate in class. Due to the lack of access or unconducive living conditions, some children may only be able to attend virtual classes on occasion. Statistical research has further proven the pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. This concern worsens current economic and health care disparities and can further impact the student’s ability to learn. Students who received free and reduced-price meal are also facing food insecurity brought on by the pandemic.
In the midst of the pandemic, teachers and school staff are also facing additional stress. While each situation is different, many are grappling with learning new skills and technological platforms as they have had to shift from in-class to at-home teaching methods. They may also be taking on additional roles at home like caring for children, experiencing distractions from family members also working in the home, on top of health issues while worrying about the future. These compounded issues can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression, or symptoms of secondary traumatic stress.
Within the new normal, it is essential to explore ways on how best to ensure both our students and administrators have the tools, resources and support they need, so they can not only survive, but thrive in the face of the unknown.
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