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Scott Sterling is a former English teacher who worked in Title I middle and high schools in St. Petersburg, Florida who is now a freelance writer who focuses on education. He is also a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter Lily, who will soon be starting her own educational journey.
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School closures due to community emergencies, inclement weather, and other unexpected events can’t be helped, but they can quickly put students behind, especially middle and high school students working through rigorous and tightly scheduled curriculum. However, with a little planning and the help of technology, school closure days don’t need to put learning on pause for secondary students.
As humans, we are conditioned to avoid struggle and to help others avoid it as well, so it can be difficult for a teacher to watch a student stick on a problem while the rest of the class moves on. But, cognitively, it’s the struggling student who is developing the most. Here’s how to get more of that struggle into your lessons.
Like everything else in a teacher’s craft, you should attack reflection with deliberate, meaningful purpose. It’s not enough to ask yourself questions and poll your feelings. You’re looking for ways to affect change in how you prepare for the next school year over the summer.