As an educator, I’m always looking for the lesson–today and in the future.
What am I learning?
What learning do I want to pass on?
What added learning can I seek and create?
One night, nearly a month ago, it occurred to me that there would be a need to discuss all that was happening. That teachers would want and need a set of plans, guidelines, for discussing COVID-19 whenever they returned to school. This is, after all, history in the making, this is public policy, human rights, public health, economics, mathematics, psychology–every basic and higher level subject taught was available and tangible when I stepped back and considered what was shared in the news or discussed with family and friends.
In this realizing, I took on the task of creating lesson plans on COVID-19, which I discovered, as I started writing, were much more complex than I originally anticipated. So, I decided to make a complete semester-long learning path.
This has been hours of work and readings. It’s not done, but I have the destination and overall plan pretty much set. I go back to it regularly and want to add more–there is so much that can be included, and with the daily rapid changing nature of it all, so much to be included still.
But I have work to share with you. I have work to take and to make your own. I have a COVID-19 curriculum for those interested in learning, growth, discussions, and plans. It has goals, it has themes, it has continuity, it has lots of room for reflection and discussion–two areas of development and need that I see most critical to our current climate; we must gather our thoughts and move in a more positive direction.
I have worked to create something meaningful, impactful, and useful–for educators and non-educators alike. I’m still on this journey but I wanted to start sharing, to provide a discussion plan, to offer this tool for learning now. I will update every two to three weeks–to add the rest of the weeks, and then circle back for more additions if needed.
For now, I have the plan, the mid-point, the culminating project, and the first portion available to you. I hope it helps provide a pathway for learning, learning we are all undergoing.
General Explanations and Framework:
Week 4 — still in the works
Week 6-10: TBW (to be written)