Topic 8: Online education is detrimental to the social and academic development of children.
I’m sorry this is going to be a short blog post. Do I think that online learning is ruining children’s development? No, I don’t think it is ruining it. Do I believe that students get more if they are in-person learning? that is when I go back and forth on. I talk to the virtual school teacher frequently and hear about all the fantastic and wonderful things they’re doing and the resources they are utilizing. However, I think those things are more accessible in person, and kids are gaining those relationships with friends, just those everyday social skills, and learning how to regulate themselves in a group setting. There are many adaptations and compromises made in person that I don’t know if I made in the virtual school or Virtual learning. That being said, I know that virtual teachers do a fantastic job. I know those kids are gaining developmental skills and having those connections made online, so I am just unfamiliar with it. I can’t say that I was the greatest online teacher, so I haven’t had enough exposure to make a definite statement about my thoughts.
What I do know is that during covid-19, learning wasn’t an option. Online learning was fantastic, and I look forward to the groups I had every day and the reading we did. I had students that did move up and were able to share and connect with the group that I had, and I was able to personalize learning easier when we were online. Many of the skills that I learned during that online learning time throw covid utilized in person as well. I’m thankful that I was given the opportunity to adapt and grow as an educator during those times.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog. I hope you’re having a great week.