‘A steady, resilient hand’: Educating during the pandemic changed how SPASH history teacher connects with students.
STEVENS POINT – Faced with poor or failing grades and falling student achievement after school closures last spring, Matt Ramlet knew something needed to change in his classroom.
He, just like teachers nationwide, faced the question: how do you keep kids engaged in learning during a global pandemic?
“I reflected on what I had control over. I couldn’t go to each kid’s home and make sure they were doing their assignments,” the Stevens Point Area Senior High history teacher said.
For him, the answer was control and independence.
When Stevens Point schools returned to partial in-person classes last fall, Ramlet, 34, gave students less daily homework. The focus of his lesson plans shifted by giving students control in how they demonstrated what they learned.
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