Creating fun through virtual learning
Switching from in-person to remote learning and back again has been tough on students who are used to a routine. When they were in-person, staff absences due to quarantine or illness meant students were constantly working with unfamiliar people. COVID-19 safety measures meant students couldn’t use shared spaces that were usually a part of their day, like the gym or the school library.
Despite the difficulties, distance learning for special education has brought about some unexpected benefits. Some teachers have noticed students are more willing to speak up when they need assistance. Virtual learning has also strengthened the relationships some teachers have with parents and meant more individualized strategies. Creating fun virtual activities takes more time and problem-solving, but it’s rewarding to see it work, according to teacher reports.