How is remote learning working for Chicago Students?

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Of this half hour. If you are a parent of your kid, If you are an educator or teacher, any any involvement? If you have a story to share, please jump in any time jump into the conversation. 312981 72 100. Here's the deal. If you saw this chalk beat Chicago, they do a great job of covering education. And they took this deep dive into how remote learning is going, how it's going for students and teachers and really, really in depth, And they found that a lot more students are getting efs now than before Virtual learning began. Lots of reasons for that. How to correct That, of course, is another issue. But let's talk to the person who authored this piece for Chuck beat Chicago. It's kalen Bell Sha and she joins the show this afternoon. Kalen, How are you? I'm doing good. How are you doing? OK, You know I saw this and it struck me and I felt like, Oh my gosh, I guess it's sort of just having friends and family members and education. It does seem to me as if I worried that this was the case, and then I read your your article, and you're saying that it's happening? Not just in Chicago, but in big cities across the country. More students are failing classes. That's right. We've seen that happen in Chicago. Los Angeles hasn't released deep data, but they also are showing indications of that Houston kind of all over the country. We're seeing this alarming rise and failing grades and decency is to, um and I think what's most worrisome is that some of the groups that really struggled before the pandemic black and Latino students, students from low income families English learners and that students with disabilities have seen some of the largest upticks in most failing grades. I was surprised, talked in front of my teacher been a friend for a while. While and she told me that She actually is in a school that's selective. It's on the South side, and you know she she deals with kids were typically very motivated. She's seen a and B students falta de enough students, and she did. She's finding that she's not gonna endorse she's calling. She's calling. She's trying to figure out what's going on, and some kids have disengaged entirely. They're not logging on. They're not completing assignments, and there could be a number of reasons for that. I just wonder what it is you found. I mean, I can share anecdotally what she mentioned. But what did you find? Overall? What was going on? Yeah, There was kind of two categories of students. Kind of like what you mentioned student to normally are pretty on track and do really well but kind of the difficulties of remote learning might have made it harder to access their classes. We've heard a lot of students say they've had trouble logging in the zoos, links changed. They missed part of their class, and then they fall behind. Um, teachers have also said, you know, they've seen a lot of students who stay engaged in class. They're they're they're participating. But then when it comes time for them to do the work independently on their own at home, that's what's really tripping them up. They get. They get frustrated. They start struggling, and they may not ask for help from their teachers in the same way that they would in school. And maybe the teachers aren't seeing all the signs of struggle because they're not face to face with their students. And then that second category is students who more disengaged who might just not be coming to class and not doing any work at all. And teachers and schools are having a hard time reaching them. One of your quotes here very powerful. I found it is hard for students who need independent health. Said one teacher high school teacher in Chicago. Students are only allowed to meet remotely one on woman teachers with parents permission. Everything I understand about how to stop a kid from failing involves being present with them. You can pull them out into the hallway. You could say Hey, come here. Grab lunch. Grab a snack. Go get a sandwich. Come back. Let's go through this together. That's not happening. So much of that sort of one on one kind of identifying a kid who's not, You know, he's not grasping everything and being able to handle that that that's not happening. Exactly. Teachers don't have the same tool that they would normally have in person. And the other thing I heard was that usually there'd be maybe a handful of students struggling in their class, and they'd be able to do that one on one outreach in person. But now because they have so many students struggling, it's just so much harder to reach everyone. So even if you try to do an uptick in frequency and reach out more, you're just have a lot more students and a lot more families to stay in touch with and teachers were saying. It's like snowballing and it's really hard for them if the school doesn't like team up and find a way to reduce that works for the chief You're just really hard to stand, Talk love. I'm feeling for the teachers. I'm

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