What a crazy year! There have been major changes to the way we operate as a school thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. And, these changes will certainly follow us into the next school year. Here are just a few of my personal (nothing official) thoughts on where things will head moving forward.
Covid is a part of our lives now and so are some basic safety practices. It has been highly advised that people where masks out in public and attending school will be no different. While I am not sure if they will mandate masks in schools for all, I am sure your teachers will be be wearing them. Masks are the new fashion statement and form of self expression.
They also highly recommend a behavior known as social distancing, where we will be expected to stay 6' away from one another. I think this is really a misnomer as people have honestly never been more social than during the pandemic, only in a different manner than we normally think of socialization. I prefer to use the term physical distancing. Anyway, what this will look like in schools is still uncertain as well. Will we have smaller class sizes where students can have more space between them? Will students do part of their school year in the class room and part online? Will we stay with remote learning until a vaccine or cure is found? If we are in school, how will class changes and lunchtime take place? I don't know right now, but I do know the make up of classes will certainly look different as will how we experience the school day.
Another question that remains is with regard to shared resources. Creating digital art means students are constantly working on shared computers throughout the day. How do we sterilize keyboards and mice between classes? Will every student need their own? Will students need plastic gloves? I honestly don't know.
And, it currently appears, that our online learning experience is shifting as well. Near the end of the year, teachers were informed to move all online instruction to a new learning management system known as Canvas. Although we were originally told we could continue using our current LMS (Schoology for me), it appears that they want every teacher, grades K-12, using the same system.
I am a high school Career & Technical Education (CTE) teacher located in Durham, NC with a focus on game art and design. This blog provides a place for reflection on relevant classroom practices.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent those of my employer or anyone else associated with Durham Public Schools.