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Remote Learning Ideas

I want to give some ideas and help brainstorming ideas on how to make a positive out of the current situation.

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I am a.....

  • Student

Tell us about your idea

As a student I have responsibilities to complete school work on time and complete homework. These responsibilities aren't not very difficult to accomplish during a normal school week, however during the current situation I notice many of my friends struggling to keep up with the posted assignments.

When we are allowed back into regular school, or as soon as now, schools should have a plan for prolonged E-learning times. As we have seen these situations aren't as rare as we thought they were. 

I think that we should also invest time into including non-electronic lessons into students lives. Classes like chemistry, should incorporate a lab into each week's lesson or unit. These labs should be able to be completed with the items found in a regular family's home. 

For classes like English, teachers should try making an assignment that make kids go outside (not in public; in a backyard, etc) and write about what they are experiencing.

These small things that teachers and school districts can do can make a big difference on student's life especially in times like these.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

In my school system there are policies for late assignments that I feel are very strict. As of now, these policies have been revoked do to the immense amount of stress that students were having. Policies like these should have never been used and I think that school should trust their students to hand in work on time.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a 15 year old boy, I am currently a sophomore in high school. Frankly, this situation doesn't really effect me that much, however, my sister is a senior and she can't go to prom. All the senior's in high school and in college won't be able to experience that satisfaction of being handed that diploma in front of family and friends. This isn't acceptable, this is why I am sharing my ideas.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in Northbrook, a town in the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois. Our community is very close and we all are helping each other through these tough times. I am extremely grateful for the area I live in and the opportunities I have, and I am happy that I live in a very communicative town. During these times we all need to be there for one another.

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Hi, Nicholas Elmore - I'm Rachel, one of the Community Coaches for this challenge. Every time I see a submission from a student, I get really energized - we NEED your voice and ideas! I especially like your thoughts about how to make lab and ELA classes more engaging/relevant in the home environment.

I can't imagine what it's been like to go through this pandemic as a student and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and experiences on the platform. You mentioned that some of your friends are struggling to keep up with the assignments - can you share a bit more? I wonder what factors might be contributing to this?

Best of luck as you finish out the school year - and sending positive thoughts to your sister as well!