5 steps institutions should take when school life resumes fully for students

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, school students have faced full/temporary closure of their institutions and have had so many disruptions to their learning over the course of the last year. While schools in some countries have resumed fully, the optimism is that schools across the world would slowly start functioning as usual at least by the end of the year. But how should school administrators approach this? How would they receive their students back especially after the latter experiencing emotionally exhausting 12 months? 

Here are 5 steps institutions should take when school life resumes fully for students. 

Recovery curriculum could be the way to go 

What is a recovery curriculum?  Experts say that children – over the course of the past one year – would have experienced losses in five particular aspects ( routine, structure, friendship, opportunity, and freedom) which would have affected them mentally over the last one year. So to get them back on track to regular school life with good mental wellbeing, ‘recovery curriculum’ could be majorly useful. 

According to Guardian and many other experts, ‘recovery curriculum’ is effective for children when their school life resumes fully. They say that it will enable schools to help children get back into school life after being in unprecedented situations for more than a year.

Continuous monitoring of mental wellbeing

The past one year – where people have experienced an emotional rollercoaster – has just reiterated the importance of mental wellbeing. And keeping track of the emotional wellbeing of the returning students – who experienced a year full of disruption to their studies, has become even more important. It is needless to say that good emotional wellbeing can also directly help in better performance of students. This is where having good health monitoring (both physical and mental) systems can be very helpful in tracking the students’ overall wellbeing. Such monitoring systems could also easily connect institutions with psychosocial counsellors who are around. Especially in the current scenario, students who need good mental support can be identified and be provided counselling sessions by experts. 

(Did you know? Classe365’s Student Information System has Health Records feature while Analytics has Student & Behavior Analytics feature) 

Share and explore home learning experiences

The term ‘unprecedented’ has been overused over the past one year that it even sounds like a cliche. But despite all that, we can never underestimate the fact that many things that we went through over the last 12 months is once in a lifetime experience. And for a large number of students, home learning experiences would have been which they would have never done prior in their life. According to experts, as the students are returning to schools, it would be a good learning experience for students to share their approach towards learning while at home, what worked, and what did not. This would help each other understand how to go about learning at home.

Increase the intensity of learning step-by-step 

Keeping in mind the point about the recovery curriculum, institutions should also manage the workload of students very carefully as and when the school life resumes fully for students. In fact, educationists who have spoken to Classe365 suggest that it would be better if students’ current standing in terms of academics should be regularly tracked and their workload should be increased accordingly. A good ed-tech software offers good analytics features which would help track the progress of every student very effectively.  

(Also read: https://www.classe365.com/big-data-analytics-in-education-a-comprehensive-guide/

Encourage blended learning approach among students

While classes may resume fully, there’s a common perception among education experts that online learning education might continue to be offered. They say that this could be because of the coexistence of online and offline learning, in the form of blended learning and hybrid classrooms. The financial significance of it isn’t something new as it has, even in the past, shown a significant positive impact. In fact, according to Getting Smart, a comparison of the hybrid class to two models of traditional teaching estimated savings starting from 36% to as much as 57%. Even for providing effective blended learning, technological solutions in the form of software like the Learning Management System could be instrumental. 

 

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