Reimagine how we use physical spaces, unlearn how the body is expected to behave at school, boost parent's capabilities, rethink time.
Tell us about your idea
For me the missing part has to do with what's outside online instruction. What's the physical environment - what can be added/reimagined/removed/ tweaked? What if besides devices, we provided smart furniture, that is more conducive for learning? (Ex: exercise balls for sitting, fluff rugs, standing desks). How might we create common expectations for teachers and parents about content? How might we create content "blank spaces" for students & caregivers to fill in with their own interests? There is an excess of content out there - it might be more useful to help families to select from what's available, to move confidently through their choices (checkpoints?) without FOMO. Find engaging and effective (quick) ways to prepare parents to support their kids. The time of online instruction is very different from the school time - no lines, no shushing that kid, no repeating something you've already learned. At school, kids are taught to not speak and sit still - which is not natural, especially for elementary school kids. How do we combine a more organic body behavior with better learning?
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I'm a Brazillian mom living in the US. I've been helping my children (kindergartener and 3rd grader, both attending public schools) with online instruction. The experience started extremely frustrating, but the school district, the teachers, our family and our children have been learning a lot and adjusting.