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Avoiding the COVID-19 slump

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Avoiding the COVID-19 slump
Avoiding the COVID-19 slump

AT HOME TO COMPLETE LESSONSONLINE AT THEIR OWN PACE OR INVIRTUAL CLASS SETTINGS.

BUTCOULD THIS INTERRUPTION INTRADITIONAL LEARNING LEAD TO ASIGNIFICANT LOSS IN SKILLS?TONIGHT... WE'RE LOOKING INTOWHAT SOME ARE CALLING THECOVID-19 SLUMP AND WHAPARENTS NEED TO KNOW.GINA GARCIA TEACHES HIGHSCHOOL FRENCH AND SPANISH.WHEN CLASSES FIRST WENTVIRTUAL, ABOUT 18 OF HER 30STUDENTS WOULD ATTEND.

FORSOME STUDENTS, THERES ACHALLENGE GETTING ACCESS TOCOMPUTERS OR INTERNET SERVICE.OTHERS HAVE NEW FAMILYRESPONSIBILITIES.

"A lot of mystudents are working a lot ofhours.

They're working atWalmart.

They're working atHEB.

Because if their parentshave lost their jobs, somebodyhas to bring in a paycheck."(:11) PAST RESEARCH SHOWSSTUDENTS IN UNDER- RESOURCEDCOMMUNITIES TEND TO ENTERSCHOOL WITH FEWER ACADEMICSKILLS AND OFTEN LOSE MORESKILLS DURING SUMMER BREAKTHAN THEIR WELL-OFF PEERS.SCHOOL ATTENDANCE NARROWSTHESE GAPS, BUT LOWER- INCOMESTUDENTS WITHOUT ACCESS TORESOURCES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLEXPERIENCE SUMMER SLIDE.

"Wecan see up to a 20 percentloss in reading and a 30percent loss in math.

Takesummer slump or summer slide,put it to the extreme, and youwould have COVID slump." (:1DR. KATHY HIRSH-PASEK ISPROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY ATEMPLE UNIVESRITY.

SHE SAYSPARENTS AND STUDENTS SHOULDN'TSTRESS IF ONLINE LEARNINGISN'T GOING AS PLANNED.

BUTPARENTS SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEIRCHILDREN TO STAY IN REGULARCOMMUNICATION WITH THEIRTEACHERS ABOUT ANY CHALLENGESTHEY ARE HAVING.

PARENTS CANALSO HELP YOUNGER KIDS BYENGAGING THEM IN ACTIVITIESTHAT STIMULATE CREATIVITY.READ BOOKS AND STAGE A PLAY.PLAN A SCAVENGER HUNT.

FORTEENS, LET THEM GET HANDS- ONAND CREATE.

PUBLIC LIBRARIESARE GOOD RESOURCES FOR D- I-YPROJECTS.HIRSH-PASEK SAYS BECAUSETHE UNPRECEDENTED NATURE OFTHIS PANDEMIC, ITTO KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH OF ALEARNING SLUMP COVID-19 WILLCREATE.

HOWEVER, NEW RESEARCHSUGGESTS THAT-- BY THE START--OF THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, SOMESTUDENTS WILL LOSE THEEQUIVALENT OF A FULL YEARWORTH OF ACADEMIC GAINS.HERE'S THE UPDATE ON THE VIRUS




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