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Six Modifications I THINK I See In College students Since The Pandemic Started – What About You?

Six Modifications I THINK I See In College students Since The Pandemic Started – What About You?


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I used to be making an attempt to mirror right now about all of the adjustments I assume I’ve seen amongst my college students over the previous three years – compared to earlier ones.

It thought it could be helpful to me, and maybe to others, to share these reflections.

This submit within the first in a two-parter – I’ll share within the subsequent one concepts I’ve on how I’m responding or not responding to them (together with any concepts in that vein that readers contribute).

A lot of the tougher adjustments I’ve seen appear more and more obvious in college students who aren’t in my ELL courses (aside from the cellphone use difficulty – that’s throughout the board).  I’m wondering if a few of the experiences they endured of their house nation and the journey right here might have enhanced their sense of resilience?

One factor I haven’t seen, although I do know many different have, is decreased tutorial abilities.  I simply haven’t seen any indicators of so-called “studying loss” – not in my ELL courses or in my Principle of Information ones. Admittedly, nonetheless, half of the scholars in my TOK courses are IB Diploma candidates and lots of the others are most likely college students who’re pretty self-motivated.  So, my expertise won’t be a consultant one in that space.

Right here are the adjustments I’ve seen – or assume I’ve seen- and I welcome your commentaries:

Elevated Sense of Independence & Openness

Many college students appear to be extra impartial.  It looks like many extra have jobs exterior of faculty (I haven’t seen any information on pupil part-time jobs earlier than the pandemic and now), extra seem like prepared to go to varsity away from house and extra seem like open to altering gender orientations (each for them and for others).  I even have considerably of a way that they could be extra progressive total of their social and political opinions.

Having Elevated House Duties

This one is a little bit of a counterpoint to the primary one about extra independence.  My sense is that many college students have extra obligations at house – for sibling care, elder care, making monetary contributions to the household – than pre-pandemic. If that is, certainly, the case, then it may additionally contribute to this subsequent change.

A Larger Willingness To Be Absent From Faculty

I feel this one is a two-edged sword.  I imagine far too many college students got here to high school in poor health up to now, and many colleges promoted this unhealthy perspective with ridiculous “attendance awards.”  So, I feel it’s good that college students are staying house when they don’t seem to be feeling nicely.

Then again, my sense is that extra college students miss college for causes that not associated to sickness and, maybe, due to elevated household obligations.  I additionally, although, assume extra college students don’t come for different causes, together with as a result of they only don’t really feel prefer it.

I hope to have extra particular information on this for our faculty in a few weeks.

Growing Problem In Controlling Cellphone Use

I feel this can be a problem for a lot of college students although, as I’ve beforehand written, I estimate about 85% can handle their cellphone use pretty nicely – at a stage just like pre-pandemic ranges.  Pre-pandemic, there might need been minor points with the remaining fifteen p.c.  Now, nonetheless, many border on being obsessive about it (although I’m not a clinician and doubtless can’t precisely outline an “obsession”).

Some Are Extra Reluctant To Work In Teams

When given the choice of working individually or in a self-selected small group, maybe two-or-three (at most) college students in my class would select to work alone pre-pandemic.  This 12 months, it’s at the very least triple that quantity.

As well as, pre-pandemic, there was minimal resistance to working in random-organized teams.  This 12 months, there seems to be a lot much less openness to working with classmates exterior of their shut pal community.

Larger Quantity Of What Seem To Be Extra Main Psychological Well being Challenges

The rise in pupil psychological well being challenges throughout the nation is not any secret. I’d say that the variety of college students I consult with counselors is double the quantity I did pre-pandemic, and people challenges seem to me to be longer-lasting.


Let me know if you’re seeing related or completely different adjustments at your college – or none in any respect.

And let me know your concepts on how to answer them for inclusion in my subsequent submit….