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The 2021 school year will be here before we know it and educators are getting prepared for the unknown. Back-to-school preparations may seem intense during this a busy time, and this year is no different. 2021 may come with unforeseen challenges for many educators, as some schools shift from a mostly remote model of teaching back to in-person, hybrid, or multi-option classes. So, what should you expect as you prepare for the 2021 school year?
By now lesson plans should’ve been prepared, and goals in terms of classes taught, schedules to meet, and the objectives your students will reach are in place. Now let’s make sure your first month or so gets started on the right foot! It’s time to get down to business so your students start the school year in the best way possible. Last school year was full of unknowns and scary times. This Fall is the perfect time to start your students off with something engaging and academically exciting, getting them back into the anticipation of the school year.
With the challenges of last school year in the rear view, its imperative educators take into consideration how students will feel returning to the classroom. Even if they’re remaining in a remote or hybrid learning situation, students may be anxious or have a tough time settling back into the normal routines of a school day. In more extreme cases, some students may experience trauma from of the pandemic, including the loss of friends or relatives. Remember to keep open eyes and ears for how students are adjusting as the new school year begins. The best educators are the ones that are available for any questions, concerns, or challenges their students may be facing.
After the last school year put every ounce of your being to the test, it’s going to feel good to be back in-person. The trials and tribulations faced during the 2020-2021 pandemic have put you in a place to take full advantage of all the opportunities in-person learning has to offer. From getting students to work together in group projects and STEM centers to lunchtime or after-school learning opportunities, the new school year will have endless options to boost students’ education that were unavailable last year. Immersing students in the benefits in-person teaching provides, will not only help them enjoy learning more, but it will also establish a positive distinction between this academic year and last.
Ahead of the new school year starting, make sure you’ve finished all the final preparations needed before coming face to face with your new students. Is your physical classroom ready? Do you need to ask about any essential health and safety precautions that are out in place? Are there any specific rules your school will be implementing such as procedures to continue remote learning for students who require them? Keep in mind that even as the school year gets underway, you can always integrate new resources and fun activities. This year will be a new experience that may take some time to get used to again, but let’s make sure we have fun doing it!>