Learning & Math (Impact from COVID-19)
Jennifer Cardinal Ph.D.
The long-term impact of COVID-19 on children’s learning is still unknown but there is definitely an impact. Data collected from other disruptions in learning show Math is particularly vulnerable to the virtual teaching schedules and environment.
Three studies based on NWEA data predicted students could be up to a year behind in math in 2020-21. For students with special learning needs this disruption can be even more stressful. It is vital to communicate with your child’s teacher and special education team to ensure your child’s needs are front and center.
Why especially math?
Math is most often taught formally in a classroom setting. Parents often are less apt to be able to have the tools, whether it be knowledge or the appropriate curriculum, to help their children.
Math anxiety can be exacerbated in this new and ever changing virtual or hybrid learning environment.
Math can be more difficult to teach virtually as it requires a hands-on step by step process.
Educators suggest integrating math conversations outside of classroom time. Parents can help lessen anxiety over math by modeling confidence and use of math in problem solving.