Independent Report to UNESCO & EI: Thinking about Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic

Almost two weeks ago, the second and updated version of the independent report to inform UNESCO and Education International, which I co-authored with Armand Doucet, Koen Timmers, and Dr. Deborah Netolicky, was published by Education International. The independent report, “Thinking about Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic,” aims “to inform practice and policy from the people on the educational frontlines of an unfolding pandemic.” We believe that “we need to address not only the current global school closures, but also the possibility of future stoppages over the next 12 to 18 months due to recurring outbreaks and the future of education. This means that we must have a multilateral approach that is collaborative and integrated to solve the social inequities that impact education. More importantly, we will need to professionally shift pedagogical practice to implement blended learning teaching the whole child instead of teaching for grading and sorting.”

This report has been written by amassing, via crowdsourcing, research and discussions, the good practices of teachers around the world in relation to distance (remote) learning and online resources. The teachers, academics and professionals who have answered our call illustrate the ability to collaborate and innovate to find solutions even in a time of crisis. While schools are closed, we are faced with two profound questions: Should we continue student learning? And if so, how?

Our report seeks to make sense of the effect of the pandemic on education systems around the world and recommend possible steps for policymakers, leaders of different sectors, school leaders, teachers, and even parents. The report contains the following parts:

  • explanation of Maslow before Bloom in the age of COVID19, and what should be a teacher’s first question.
  • distance learning and what should we be thinking as a teacher and as a parent
  • how to approach the online learning component
  • why this isn’t home schooling
  • why teachers can’t just copy an class online and deliver
  • communication strategies and important SEL skills
  • how do we set-up a day, a week in distance schooling
  • assessment in a time of pandemic, what really matters
  • tips for designing your course and what pedagogy has worked globally
  • compilation of resources for online distance learning
  • tips for parents and home supervisors
  • and more importantly, how do we come out of this with a stronger education for all.

In the end, we want to express our deepest gratitude to all educators, school leaders, and colleagues who have helped us in our research for this independent report. We want to give a special shoutout to all educators who have contributed in this report by sharing their best practices, list of resources, as well as personal reflections and insights. We hope that this document can help us as we continue to deliver learning to our students, forge partnership with their parents, and collaborate with other teachers and school leaders in our individual school communities.

Please feel free to download and share. Stay safe and healthy everyone! Thank you for all the handwork at this time of the pandemic. 

Link: Thinking about Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic by Education International – Issuu

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