The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the work of teachers across the world. Educators’ access to students, technology use, and instructional priorities shifted seismically in spring 2020. As the pandemic continued, social-emotional learning (SEL) took center stage as many educators realized teaching SEL could do a lot for students suddenly forced into remote learning.
Teachers have returned to school, with remote learning as the norm in many districts. A move to remote learning requires teachers to reimagine their pedagogy. And the tragedy and isolation that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic means that teachers need to focus their attention on relationship-building and teaching SEL above all.