Paul Cancellieri
Apr 2 · 2 min read

The Pandemic happened. And what will happen next?

The Pandemic happened.

And we stayed home and focused on learning that mattered. We stripped away the learning goals that were reviewed later. We filtered out the minutiae. We took what was left and dove deep.

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The Pandemic happened.

And we turned parents into educators and tutors and supporters of the work that we want students to do. We deputized them as the over-the-shoulder work checkers that we always wanted them to be. Our partnership with them became so much more evenly split, for so many more families.

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The Pandemic happened.

And we threw away the idea that grades are fair. We recognized that contexts vary and asking every child to climb to the same height with the same support in the same amount of time is inequitable. And we realized that learning could still happen without them.

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The Pandemic happened.

And we waived high-stakes tests and promotion requirements and put assessing back into the hands of the teachers that spend so much time with our kids. We determined that professional, experienced qualitative knowledge about what our children are learning has value.

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The Pandemic happened.

And without grades or tests, we resolved to make our lessons engaging, relevant, and meaningful for students. We built experiences that were collaborative, not competitive. We saw that by doing this we could pull them away from the distractions that surround them.

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The Pandemic happened.

And we embraced digital tools that put students in charge of their own learning. We gave them feedback and opportunities to retake and the chance to show their learning in so many new ways. We turned ourselves into facilitators and coaches, not the center of attention and the source of knowledge.

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The Pandemic happened. And when it passes, will we forget these lessons and return to the education system that our grandparents suffered through?

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