In a turnabout as quick as the Covid-19 updates change, my NYC Montessori teacher daughter, Kira went from Spring Break 2020 to MAAARRRCCHH- the longest month in school calendar history. Along with millions of teachers in thousands of schools throughout the world, she has made our home into her classroom.
At Ascend Education Consultants, we have been working with teachers across the globe as necessity turned us all into instant experts on teaching remotely. As consultants, we have had the gift of time to research, take courses and network to help teachers think through innovative ideas. As Hodges and all relate in The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning, “Moving instruction online can enable the flexibility of teaching and learning anywhere, anytime, but the speed with which this move to online instruction is expected to happen is unprecedented and staggering.”
Higher education too, is dealing with “a level of anxiety and uncertainty about how well this semester has gone. Of course some didn’t know how to use this technology or that tool. But that’s very different from not knowing what they’re doing in teaching students.” (Bessette and all in the Chronicle of Education).
Teachers everywhere are not only coping but creating.
We are excited to serve as advocates, coaches and partners to the amazing teachers. We celebrate the accomplishments that have come out of adversity.
Two months into this, Kira, for example, has rapt four year olds excitedly giving suggestions as her class makes the ingredients become pancakes before reading “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” A creative drama teacher in Dubai has her students eager to brainstorm and represent their struggles as teenageers and how they get through and even smile. Students created physical theatre elements to their performance set to music. High school media students compiled these into a cohesive production.
Across the world in Ohio, a grade 3 teacher is closely examining the insides of flowers with her students before learning about common plants with Budburst. Science teachers everywhere are finding ways to use cooking as chemistry assessment, teach and learn through virtual labs and link ups with research organizations and spark curiosity through both technology and backyard observations.
Congratulations and well done students and their educators. As Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio’s Director of the Department of Health says, “put on your masks and don your capes; you are superheros”.