To date the federal government has designated funding for COVID-19-related expenses through two major federal bills intended to provide relief to all U.S. states and territories: the CARES Act and HR133/ESSER. A substantial portion of each type of funding is available to education, both K-12 and higher education, through the state, territory, tribal, and in some cases individual city government. Most school districts are eligible for this funding, some of which can be used for programs like STEMscopes.
Reflecting on my days as a teacher, I remember that I’d plan my lesson instruction leaving space and freedom for students to practice self-directed learning. Witnessing students dive into their own cognitive thinking and personal interests and associations while exploring content is simply euphoric for a teacher. This is when you can let go for a bit, and sit back and watch the natural explorer in your students. We have the perfect opportunity to purposefully foster self-directed learning. We’ve pulled together some instructional tips for incorporating self-directed learning into your students’ education.
We realize these days look different from our normal routine, especially for students who are used to following a structured schedule within a classroom. While as parents and teachers, we may not be able to exactly replicate a classroom structure and schedule at home (and that’s OK), we can provide a sense of normalcy for our kids, and keep them learning through the days ahead. To make remote learning easier, we’ve provided five activities and scheduling resources that support learning from home.