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Many students no longer conduct themselves in the classroom with the behavior and demeanor appropriate to school such as not answering when called on or refusing to interact positively with their peers . There is also the problem of students that show up for class but make excuses for not completing any of their class or homework. Students verbalize that they don’t want to be criticized for attempting to complete work. The Pennsylvania State University August 2020 article entitled, “ Supporting School Community Wellness with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) During and After a Pandemic” stated, “according to a national survey of 3,300 adolescents, since the closing of school buildings, nearly 33% had feelings of depression and anxiety, and more than 25% reported a lack of connection to peers, teachers, and school communities.2 Just two weeks into the pandemic, more than 5,000 teachers reported feeling anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed, and sad, with anxiety by far the most frequently mentioned emotion.3” (Cipriano, Rappolt-Schlichtmann, & Brackett, 2020) .
In this era of post pandemic education, it is important for students to return to how classroom life was before quarantine occurred. Students have been isolated behind a computer screen for a year and have lost how to deal with being back in the classroom and interacting in face to face situations. During zoom, students could turn their cameras off and not have to interact/ engage with other peers or their teachers.
Now that school has returned to face to face, email seems like a logical way to communicate with your teacher if you need any help. But, even that has even turned out to be an obstacle for some. There is a need for students to start advocating for themselves when they are in a difficult learning situation and not let their opportunity to learn glide right by them. The responsibility does not fall on just the students’ shoulders but also the classroom teacher’s. It is important to see if a targeted Social Emotional Learning program can help increase students' social and academic ability.