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September 14, 2020

How do teenagers feel about heading back to school?

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Summary: As schools across the country resume, parents and educators are debating the relative merits of at-home and in-class learning. But what do the students themselves think? Here are students’ perspectives, in their own words.

  1. Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:
    • Who is the story about?
    • What is important about these students and their experience?
    • When and where is this happening?
    • Why is this a strange experience, according to the students?
    • How have students tried to adapt?

Then have students share with the class or through a Learning Management System (LMS).

2. Focus question: What has surprised you most about your own back-to-school experience this year? Why?

3. Media literacy: What other student stories would you like to hear in order to get a better sense of how this year is a more difficult learning environment for some?

Dig Deeper: Do you wonder what going back to school has been like for students in other parts of the world? Read this Student Voice post by Zhiming Gu, a seventh grader in China, on the restrictions and procedures in that country as students returned to school last spring.


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