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Edutopia: Human-Centered Strategies to Remote Science Learning

Kids learn by doing. So what does that mean for science instruction in the age of Covid-19, when many schools are closed and children are learning from home? It’s embracing the uncertainties, shifting mindsets and expectations, and finding a new learning landscape.

The shift to at-home learning should not mean skipping core content. While disruptive, the pandemic offers an unexpected opportunity to rethink, redefine, and reimagine what STEM teaching and learning can look like for students. It involves teaching science in a way that engages and stimulates students without overwhelming them or their families. This calls for taking a human-centered approach—placing people at the center of the process and relinquishing past formulas for new, bold solutions. We will set new expectations for our students, their families, and ourselves to center on the joy and wonder of learning.

Victoria May, executive director of Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership and Maia Elkana, ISP evaluation director, penned this article for the website Edutopia, discussing Human-Centered Strategies to Adapt Science Lessons for Remote Learning. Read the Article.