The Covid-19 Education Question: Is this Really Learning?

On this show, the topic is — what are kids really learning? Here's the thing, every situation is a learning opportunity. And while many pundits argue that this “isn't really learning” – I believe that the times right now are actually teaching children some of the most important things they'll ever learn – just not what some people realize it is.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Atisha T Robinson May 4, 2020 - 1:16 am


I am a preschool teacher and I am consistently looking for different perspectives and resources to aide with remote learning. I love that you talk about social referencing during this hard time because this is extremely important, especially with the population I serve. My students are confused and so are my children. It is important as parents and educators that we set the standard and get through this hard time. I also like the fact that you touched on such an important topic “are the children really learning”, this has come up a lot with social media and several personal conversations I have had with others. It is definitely a partnership with parents and they should never feel like they are doing it alone. As you stated, they should know and feel that an expert is available to them. I often wonder what else I can do to make this experience better. I look forward to hearing more, thanks again.

Vicki Davis May 27, 2020 - 7:50 pm

I’m working hard to share content that will help in this time. It is just very hard work. Good luck and keep on helping the parents and kids. That’s why we’re in this business.

Renee' May 5, 2020 - 3:26 pm

At this time it is definitely a new learning experience for all of us: teachers, students and parents. It’s like we are all stepping out into the unknown. I have thought a lot about my students and what it is like for them. Our students need structure and so do we as parents and teachers. I’m having to learn a lot of new technology on my own to use with our new way of teaching. I must admit it’s scary trying to learn something that you don’t feel comfortable with. I teach support math in middle school and I know it has to be overwhelming to some of them. We are here to support our students and we will get through this together.

Vicki Davis May 27, 2020 - 7:49 pm

We will. It is such a challenging time. Keep on keeping on!


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