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School is where the student is

Reimagine how we use physical spaces, unlearn how the body is expected to behave at school, boost parent's capabilities, rethink time.

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  • Parent/Caregiver

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? 

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

Busy work, being still and silent for too long.

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.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in a progressive community on the suburbs of NYC.


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Some stuff about COVID 19 is mentioned here for all those who need to look into this can try this out so maybe we all can work for this sooner this time. We hope can be really used for those who are in need of that now so we can try.

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