Inside School

My Hopes for School in a Post-COVID World

If the American public undervalued the education system prior to COVID-19, now, the fundamental role schools play in society is undeniable. As we navigate this pandemic, whether virtual or hybrid, we cannot get stuck in a survival and scarcity mindset. Looking to a world beyond this pandemic is vital in order to keep us moving forward. Here are my hopes for the American public education system in a post-COVID world.

I hope school funding will be a priority

Schools are much more than a place to learn the curriculum. Often, school provides the only social-emotional support a student may receive.

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This PE Teacher Uses Trick Shots to Teach Students About Recycling

It all started on a Friday a few years ago.

At the end of my P.E. class, one of my students challenged me to shoot a half-court shot, and I made it on the first try. The kids were impressed, and they wanted more. So for the rest of the year, I spent two minutes at the end of each P.E. class (I’m a K–5 P.E. teacher in Barnesville, Minnesota) shooting half-court shots. The rules were simple: If I made a shot during the two minutes, they had to do push-ups. If I missed, I had to.

Taking It Up

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This PE Teacher Uses Trick Shots to Teach Students About Recycling

It all started on a Friday a few years ago.

At the end of my P.E. class, one of my students challenged me to shoot a half-court shot, and I made it on the first try. The kids were impressed, and they wanted more. So for the rest of the year, I spent two minutes at the end of each P.E. class (I’m a K–5 P.E. teacher in Barnesville, Minnesota) shooting half-court shots. The rules were simple: If I made a shot during the two minutes, they had to do push-ups. If I missed, I had to.

Taking It Up

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Online School is Not Homeschooling and This Distinction is Important

It’s one of those things people say now, with a rueful smile and a shrug … “Guess we’re all homeschoolers now, right?” Except no. No, we are not, and here’s why. Online school is not homeschooling. And using the word “homeschooling” for what parents are doing right now devalues the efforts of the people who are actually educating them.

Homeschooling is a thing; it’s just not this thing

Due to the pandemic, millions of children are learning remotely. But some families have chosen to teach their kids at home for years. Here’s a basic definition: Homeschooling is the educating of

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