As schools, parents and students across the country prepare for re-entry to school, many celebrate the return to the classroom. There is no shortage of studies and expert opinions that affirm that most students learn best in person. But, for the many students hoping for a September in which the class takes place in a classroom rather than through a screen, there are also a significant number of students who thrived on online instruction and are nervous. for losing the confidence they found in a new mode of learning.
Special education teams know this because they have always focused on ensuring that schools find the best ways to serve and support all students, not just the majority or the norm. For many of the students who need special accommodations, introducing technology into learning has been nothing short of revolutionary.
Many students have prospered
As the months of the pandemic progressed, school leaders began to notice that despite the drawbacks of remote learning, there was a subset of students for whom the modality allowed them to thrive in ways they had not had in a face-to-face school setting. . “Remote learning has been a disaster for many students. But some children have thrived, “stated one article, which posited that” special education students, in particular, could benefit from having schools receive distance learning lessons in the classroom. “
Anxiety students have been particularly singled out for benefiting from remote instruction, which reduces social variables and allows them to focus exclusively on learning. Similarly, some students with autism have discovered the benefits of learning online this year. Andrea Parrish, director of learning and development systems at the IDEALS Institute, posited that remote learning simplified the learning process for some students with autism. “They can just focus on the content or just focus on the instructions at hand,” he said. “And so they don’t have to navigate all those other social experiences while learning.”