3 Ways in Which COVID-19 Impacts Classroom Learning for Students

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The educational sector is one of many that were severely affected by COVID-19. Most schools in the U.S. were closed throughout 2020, and many institutions shifted to online education. As we enter 2021, schools are expected to open and classroom learning will definitely resume. With this in mind, it is important to understand how students will be affected as they re-adjust to learning in the classroom in 2021.

Returning to Classroom Learning in 2021

As noted by UNESCO, COVID-19 might take a long time to contain, and everyone is learning how to live with it. In this context, schools must be ready to resume in-person learning, in spite of the pandemic.

If you are a student, returning to school in the middle of dealing with the pandemic comes with numerous challenges. Everything will be different. As highlighted by Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez during the ABCs of Back to School, the virus has not yet died. Everyone, including teachers and students, must adjust to the new school routines necessitated by the need to reduce the spread of the pandemic.

Let’s take a look at the different ways that COVID-19 will impact you, if you are a student returning to the classroom, or if you are a parent of a student returning to classroom learning.

Mandatory Mask-Wearing

Wearing a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has become the norm in every area of the society, and the classroom is no exception. As noted by the University of California San Francisco in a recent article, masks significantly block respiratory droplets. As a result, students may be required to always wear a face mask during classroom learning. Wearing a face mask in the classroom presents its own special set of challenges, especially if you are a student.

These challenges include:

  • Wearing masks the right way.
  • Remembering to keep your mask on throughout the day.
  • Finding a comfortable mask that does not affect your ability to concentrate during class.
  • Wearing a mask that doesn’t hinder conversations with other students in the classroom.
  • Adjusting to wearing a mask when the temperature makes the classroom warmer than usual.

Social Distancing

Social distancing presents one of the biggest challenges in the classroom. Remembering to maintain a one-meter distance from your best friend in the classroom, remembering not to whisper about school events, and remembering not to have discussions face to face in close proximity, represent some of the biggest challenges in terms of social distancing.

When you are excited about a discussion or an event, it is hard to remember to social distance. You may find yourself getting too close to other classmates without even realizing it. Try substituting conversation with hand gestures and visual class signals to maintain social distancing.

While adjusting to social distancing requirements in the classroom, group discussions may become a thing of the past. As noted by Understood, peer-to-peer teaching education may also not be possible, and your teachers may not be able to provide the same level of personalized attention that you may have become accustomed to, especially when you’re having trouble understanding a difficult lesson concept. Remember that teachers must practice social distancing in the classroom also, so do your best to adapt to different methods of teaching that your instructor might choose to incorporate into the classroom, to meet the requirements of social distancing.

The New Role of Teachers

Teaching while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines in the classroom presents it’s only set of unique circumstances. As a student trying to adapt to the “new normal,” don’t be surprised to see your teachers take on extra roles and responsibilities, which may extend beyond teaching and handing out assignments.

Teachers may, for example, take on the task of ensuring that all students wear masks and maintain social distancing, while simultaneously trying to keep you and your classmates motivated to learn. Do your best to focus and concentrate during class time, as your teacher adapts to the changing educational landscape in the world of COVID-19.

To increase your concentration span, your teachers may need to introduce physical activities while still maintaining social distance, or they might incorporate additional mental breaks into class time to help you re-energize your mind in order to stay focused on the lesson. You might see your teacher using learning aids and and audiovisual learning devices to help you and your classmates maintain mental clarity throughout the school day.

Learning Will Continue

Despite the issues brought about by the COVID-19, learning will continue, whether it is online or in person. Avidity Medical Design Academy also gives you the opportunity to learn something new, especially if you are learning online. Enroll in the course entitled, “How to Learn in the Healthcare Classroom (and ANY Classroom) (in 10 EASY Steps!)” to learn some strategies to keep learning, stay focused, improve your concentration, and stay on track with completing your assignments during this difficult time. Visit http://avidtiymedicaldesignacademy.com to learn more about our course offerings. Follow the Avidity Medical Design Blog to stay up to date on the latest news in healthcare education.

3 Ways School Administrators Can Adjust Classroom Learning to COVID-19 Restrictions

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School administrators, principals, and other stakeholders will now consider building a more resilient learning and assessment system following the impacts of COVID-19. Building a system suited to supporting decision-making, including resource allocation, will help your school handle future shocks and succeed in the classroom learning recovery process.

Student Examination and Certification

Adjusting high-stake examinations that are used for the certification of students as they proceed to the next level of education is one of the critical areas that you will need to address. As schools reopen for classroom learning, a large-scale assessment system is needed to address the new challenges in examination and certification caused by the pandemic.

Hybrid Online/Classroom Learning System

Adopting a hybrid model of learning is one way you can keep social distance and minimize the spread of the virus. Some students can learn from home, while others can participate in classroom learning in small numbers. Make sure that the groups of students do not mix as they attend their classes.

Regular Cleaning 

Maintaining a clean environment is critical to learning in a safe environment. You will need to ensure that frequently-touched surfaces like door handles, sinks, and playground equipment are regularly cleaned. Also, classrooms will need regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces. 

Upgrading of the school ventilation like the HVAC system improves air circulation. You will need to remind students participating in classroom learning to carry supplies like masks, sanitizers, and wipes to improve hygiene standards and not to share objects. You can also have extra masks and hand sanitizers in school.

Making adequate preparations to ensure that students learn in a safe environment will require a concerted effort from all stakeholders. Learning in a healthy space gives every student the peace of mind they need to excel in their studies. To learn more about health safety in school, enroll in the course that will educate you about “Learning in the Healthcare-Classroom (and ANY Other Classroom) (in Ten-Easy-Steps!)” The course is offered by Avidity Medical Design Academy. 

Creative Ways to Teach Students Online During COVID-19

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Learning from home has been one of the ways students have continued their studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Returning to in-person learning means students may have different levels of skills and knowledge, with the disadvantaged students exhibiting greater losses. 

Teachers will need to develop ways to align instructions and offer extra support to where each student is in their learning path. If you are a teacher, here are some strategies that you can incorporate into classroom learning to help students focus on instructions, maintain clarity, and retain the lesson materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Learning Assessments

Learning and recovery will require gathering information about your students and evaluating it. This will help you find out what students know, what they understand, and what they can do. When you perform a classroom assessment, you can adjust your instructions to suit your students’ level. You can also provide constructive criticism that will help in learning recovery.

2. Repeat Previous Lessons

Repeating some lessons taught in class can help activate the students’ memory after the long break. It will also increase the retention of the lesson material and help students to focus more. 

3. Talk About COVID-19 and Address Your Students Fears

When students come back to class, they may have certain fears stemming from a lot of information from different sources. These fears, if not addressed, may affect how the students learn and perform in class. 

Reminding the students to consider their sources of information is one of the ways to address the problem. Letting them know that they can reach out to you and get in touch with an expert like a counselor will also help.

Students have been affected in one way or another by the pandemic, and as part of learning and recovery, teachers need to adopt new ways to effectively get back to classroom learning. The goal is for students to concentrate, maintain clarity, and retain information while dealing with pandemic restrictions.

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To learn more about learning effectively in the online environment, enroll in the course entitled, “How to Learn in the Healthcare-Classroom (and ANY Classroom) (in 10 EASY Steps!)” offered by Avidity Medical Design Academy

10 Products You Can Buy at Your Supermarket to Help Lower Your Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is bad, right? Your doctor checks your cholesterol levels and reads off the numbers at every checkup, so it must be true. But let’s get into the nitty-gritty about cholesterol for just a minute. 

Cholesterol is a waxy material. A little bit of cholesterol in your diet is actually good–it helps your body build cells. When too much cholesterol gets into your veins and arteries, they become clogged. The typical diet is full of high-cholesterol foods like chips and burgers and even eggs. For this reason, it’s important to take steps to help lower your cholesterol. 

Your local grocery store is full of products that claim to help lower your cholesterol. We don’t endorse any of these products. However, if you are doing your own research, and you are interested in learning more about cholesterol-lowering foods, these 10 products might be a good place to start. 

  1. MetamucilNot only does Metamucil claim to lower cholesterol, but these high-fiber products can also regulate your digestive system, help maintain blood sugar levels, and help manage weight.  
  2. Aristo BarsThese protein bars rely on plant stanols to fight against high cholesterol levels. They also contain heart-healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids and fiber, which helps with digestion. 
  3. Minute Maid HeartWise: If you like orange juice, try reaching for this brand, which claims in two separate places on its packaging to help lower cholesterol. 
  4. Cheerios: If you’re looking for a heart-healthy way to start your day, a bowl of cheerios might be a good idea. They’re a low-fat food that also claims to lower your cholesterol. 
  5. Smart BalanceThis butter alternative not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces your intake of trans fats when compared to regular butter. 
  6. Stonyfield Farm SmoothiesIn addition to lowering cholesterol, these yogurts contain probiotics and prebiotics, which can improve gut health and aid in digestion.
  7. Quaker OatsA naturally healthy food, oatmeal improves cholesterol levels and aids with digestion. 
  8. Silk MilkSoy is another product that is known to naturally lower cholesterol. Silk makes soy products that are vegan and dairy-free, which makes them a great choice for all diets. 
  9. Kellogg’s Smart StartThis breakfast cereal has oat bran, which can help lower cholesterol levels. It also contains prebiotics that can increase calcium absorption–a perfect pair for your morning milk! 
  10. BenecolThis brand uses plant stanols, which have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol levels. They make butter alternatives as well as soft chocolate chews. 

Remember that eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is just as important as choosing the right packaged foods. At Avidity Design Medical Academy, we offer a full fruits and vegetables course to help you get started on your journey. We also encourage you to follow our blog, where we have even more tips and tricks to help you lead your healthiest life, as well as tips for choosing a career in the field of healthcare.