Four keys to recover the learning that was lost during the pandemic

One of the most important challenges facing the country is to recover the learning that was lost during the mandatory social isolation caused by COVID-19. According to the latest Virtual Learning Study (EVA) 2021, primary and secondary students decreased their knowledge with respect to the trend recorded in 2019.

According to the report, in reading, in the second grade of secondary school, it reduced its average performance by 16% compared to 2019, while in mathematics, by 13%. In the case of 4th grade of primary school, the study showed that only 32.2% achieve the expected learning in mathematics and 30.3% in reading, being slightly higher in the urban area.

In this regard, the Minister of Education, Rosendo Serna, recently indicated that the months of January and February will be used to recover the learning lost during the pandemic. In addition, they will develop strategies such as ‘Face-to-Face School Reinforcement’, aimed at primary and secondary students of Regular Basic Education and Intercultural Bilingual Education and aimed at developing mathematical and communication skills.

For this strategy to be as successful as we all hope it will be important to work, Edu TEK recommends promoting four learning techniques and methods that will allow reinforcing and recovering learning lost during the health crisis and, at the same time, will provide emotional support to teachers and students.

1. PBL:

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a methodology that is developed collaboratively and allows students to assume different roles and propose solutions to certain problems in the real world, discuss ideas, resolve conflicts, increase their empathy and balance their participation by equal and regardless of gender. Through this method, schoolchildren carry out a set of interconnected scale projects, considering the resources and time assigned by the teacher.

two. Uses of ICTs:

Information and communication technologies (ICT) can complement, enrich and transform education, says UNESCO. Therefore, it is important to implement them, to mitigate the impact of the disruptions in teaching generated by the closure of schools. In this sense, EDUTEK Latam offers various mobile applications and learning systems in the areas of mathematics, reading and science. Some of these are Mathika, Kidint, Edugestor, Pencil, Coreskills, among others.

3. Gamification

Gamification is a learning technique that transfers the dynamics of games to the educational field to improve student results. According to the University of Colorado, simulation games, compared to other learning methods, show a 9% improvement in knowledge retention, 14% more skill-based knowledge, and 11% more factual knowledge. Therefore, teachers are recommended to take advantage of the benefits of the game in the classroom and make teaching a fun process.

Four. Teacher training:

One of the great demands of teachers today is training in the use of ICTs and digital tools, since 83% of them affirm that it facilitates the development of their tasks in the classroom, and almost 90% maintain that increase their opportunities to access information, promoting collaborative learning among students. The “Digitization of teaching activity” program offered by EDUTEK Latam is a complete set of training courses that allows teachers to adopt technology quickly and effectively.

5. Socio-emotional skills:

due to changes abrupt events caused by the pandemic, Edutek recommends providing socio-emotional support to students. According to the EVA 2021 report, 1 in 10 control their emotions, encourage themselves in discouragement and are positive. To contribute to this objective, the pedagogical alliance proposes an emotional education program for the educational community that consists of four tools for the development of emotional competencies: The emotion of learning, Activate and Locos por el Patio.

According to the pedagogical alliance, focusing on each of these pillars will allow us to recover and enhance the learning that decreased during the COVID-19 health crisis. In turn, students will have the opportunity to develop soft life skills.

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