During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been victims of ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’--here's how to refresh their skills.

6 tips to give students a skills refresh

During the yearlong COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been victims of ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’

Have you heard the adage, “If you don’t use it, you lose it?” If you stop playing the piano, you become a little rusty on the keys. If you stop running, you lose the muscles and lung capacity you had developed. And if you don’t use all that calculus you labored over in high school, the next time your child asks you for help on their calculus homework, you might be a little out of your league.

We’re starting to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students have been learning remotely–or may have been learning in-person, but the structure of the day was far from normal. Without a doubt, many students have lost some of their social and motor skills. If you don’t use it, you lose it, right?

What do we do to help our students regain these “educational muscles?” Here are six sure-fire ideas to re-ignite learning:

1. Teach Group Work Etiquette: Don’t assume your students remember how to have group discussions. Teach the basics of supporting one another and listening to ideas. Students will need the ground rules laid out for them on how to share ideas, collaborate, and think outside the box. Team building skills will be essential next school year. Don’t hesitate to begin lessons with activities to develop these skills for the first few weeks. Refreshing and solidifying these skills will ultimately lead to greater success in your classroom.

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