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The past several months taught us quite a few lessons we should not forget.
We saw how quickly things could change with education and the required shift in instruction. We watched our school leaders make countless decisions based on the direction and guidance from the local and national government and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Regardless of whether schools will start online, in a hybrid model, or in-person, they will operate differently. It’s possible schools might also start in one model and then shift to a different model. As a result, school leaders will continue to create plans and pivot based on what’s needed for the students, staff, and community. Art education needs to survive this pandemic, and that requires all of us to be ready for anything.
Similar to the spring, there is the potential for schools to start in one structure and make a sweeping change to a different one within twenty-four hours. While you might know how your school is starting the year, be prepared for a potential shift with little notice. Time will be of the essence. You already have a lot of experience in your room and now some with online learning. Reflect on both experiences and be ready to put any transition plan into action quickly.
How to shift from any hybrid or in-person instruction into all online learning:
How to shift from all online learning into any hybrid or in-person model:
Regardless of which structure your school will be using, having sub plans ready for a variety of scenarios might become useful. Should you need to take time away from your teaching for any reason, you’ll want to have plans you can easily and effectively implement. In some cases, developing sub plans in a critical moment can add unnecessary stress. Here are a few things to consider with your planning:
Over the next few months, your administration might be asking questions about how the arts can respond to certain scenarios. Ultimately, it’s in your best interest to find a way to make each one of them work in the best way possible. Here are some things consider:
Projections over the next several months vary greatly, and we need to be prepared for anything. This can be challenging when the landscape keeps changing, but it’s important to shift with the moving waters.
Start by getting involved in the discussions with your administration and try to learn about the plans in development. Identify yourself as someone who is here to problem solve and help the process in support of the school and the students. In addition, be ready in your classroom with a strong knowledge of how supplies and curriculum will work online, in-person, and with a substitute.
You are about to start a year unlike any other. Being prepared for a variety of scenarios can help ensure you and your students are successful under all circumstances.
How can art teachers support each other during this difficult time?
What approaches have worked with students that you can share with others?
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