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Melanie Pena Melanie Pena 625 Points

Students are back in school and many are in-person learning. Though many students have fallen behind and are now struggling. For instance, students who were in kinder before the pandemic are now in second grade. Not all students but mostly did not learn how to write or read properly because they were online learning and some students wouldn't even join class, pay attention, or follow along with the work. When they get to the third grade they will be taking the STAAR test. What should a teacher do to help them practice their reading and writing and follow the lesson plan? 

Claire Avery Claire Avery 5035 Points

I'm very passionate about the science of reading, so practicing strategies that will help students comprehend reading/writing at the phonemic level will help improve their skills. Although teachers should focus on their grade-level standards, teachers can still go back to the basics during morning meetings, small group instruction, or centers.

Many schools are still online, so that makes it even harder to catch students up. Even the most successful teachers are not as effective as they can be while using hybrid learning. If a teacher uses zoom, they can create breakout rooms, but it is harder to facilitate the learning (as teachers can only enter one breakout room at a time). In this instance, my best advice is to supply resources to the parents via an online form of communication. Many parents want to help their kids, they just don't have the teaching background to follow the school curriculum. I know this one option will not solve the crisis of students falling behind during the pandemic, but I hope it helped!

Pamela Ayala Pamela Ayala 330 Points

In my opinion, I believe a teacher should have certain assignments and activities to help determine the students progress on a weekly basis. Not only will that help the teacher know where the students stand, but the students will constantly be practicing state level question and readings. It was difficult before to help the students with their progress, now with the pandemic it is a lot more challenging. It is also a good idea to hold the students' parents acountable to help them more at home with their skills since they are not getting a full experience of education. 

Regine Demison Regine Demison 1115 Points

Yes! The entire nation is feeling the fall out of the pandemic. I am so afraid for my students to get any further behind than they already are. The majority of my class was face-to-face last year. However, there are a few that were virtual. I've noticed that those students aren't the ones who are struggling. Many programs that your school sponsors may allow access at home where the students can continually get practice.

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