The New Look
Teacher perspectives on how COVID-19 will affect the new school year
As COVID-19 continues into the new school year, “back-to-school” is going to mean something different to everyone.
Where students will learn
Changes schools are making for reopening
District support available to some or all students
“There will be a much greater need for classroom supplies as teachers have to change many things in their classrooms to keep materials, belongings and children separated. This expense will fall on the teachers. What once were collaborative community-based classrooms and grade levels will no longer be allowed.”
Most teachers don’t think it’s safe to return
to the classroom just yet.
“I feel like waiting for answers is the hardest part. It is a wait-and-see with the health and safety of students, families and staff members always in the forefront.”
Teachers have mixed feelings about the start of the school year, no matter where they’re teaching.
Making the shift to online learning
“A few of my students seemed to thrive in an online setting. They seemed to be more comfortable and outgoing when learning from home!”
—Michele, a teacher in Ohio
“I communicated with families a lot more often. I called parents at least once a week to check in. I also posted updates or sent messages via our online learning platform.”
—Tracy, a teacher in Texas
“A lot of personal connections came from it because I communicated with parents more regularly. Almost daily!”
—Cheyanne, a teacher in Missouri
Students will face many challenges this year
*Schools where <33% of students receive free or reduced price lunch.
**Schools where >75% of students receive free or reduced price lunch.
COVID-19 is not the only thing on students' minds
The effectiveness of online learning
Teachers are going to need
a lot of support this school year
Top materials for in-person instruction
Top needed materials for
Most requested professional development
“We must show our students how to positively adapt to situations that are out of our control. Students learn behavior by seeing behavior so we must model the kind of behavior we expect from our students.”
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