1. Have you ever worked with School Age children (Kindergarten – 12th Grade)? Wh

1. Have you ever worked with School Age children (Kindergarten – 12th Grade)? What was your experience like?
2. Do you think you would like to work with School Age children? Why or why not? If so, is there a specific age/grade level you prefer? Explain.
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Question 3 is full two pages
3. In this class we have talked about how social and environmental factors impact all areas of development. For example we have talked about malnutrition and how it can cause life-long problems, about the impact of poor schools on children’s academic success, about how early relationships and attachment contribute to psychosocial well-being.
And I keep thinking that the spread of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic have created an incredible collection of factors that will impact all our lives.
Schools closed in March 2020 and most switched to remote instruction. In most US communities the 2020-2021 school year opened with remote instruction. During that school year many districts shifted to a hybrid model with students in face-to-face classes part of the week, and in remote instruction on the other days. In other school districts students did not return to face-to-face instruction until the start of this 2021-2022 school year. In those districts children had not been in school with other children for nearly a year and a half.
I have heard from teachers at all levels of education that this current school year (2021-2022) has been the most challenging one they have ever experienced.
There are interesting articles appearing in various media about more anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, and about cognitive delays in children born during the pandemic.
If we step back and look at this current situation we see that all parts of the environment are impacted. How will children and their families be affected?
Final Question:
How do you think current environmental factors (Covid-19, the pandemic response, and all its effects) might impact children’s development (physical, cognitive, psychosocial) in the near future and long term?
Focus on children, 0-18 years.
There are many ways to answer this question, including:
What have you observed in the children you know?
What are school experiences like after an extended period of remote instruction? Sports? Afterschool programs?
Consider the incredible range of remote participation students brought to their classroom when they returned. Are the children who played video games during Zoom classes, or the ones who couldn’t connect to the internet, as ready for the next grade’s work as the students who worked diligently through the remote period? What factors made some kids diligent and others unengaged?
How has the development of younger children been impacted? For three-year-olds, two years is more than half of their lives. Do masks impede language development? Does social distancing impact early friendships? Do they have enough opportunities to run freely and visit playgrounds? How comfortable are they meeting new people?
How have isolation and social distancing impacted all children’s social skills? Will the wearing of masks impact the ability to correctly read and interpret social cues?
How might physical development be impacted?
Do you think some children will be unaffected by the pandemic response? Why, or why not?
(These questions are just suggestions. There are many ways to answer this question.)
Please address all domains of development (physical, cognitive, psychosocial) in your answer.
Your answer should be at least TWO pages long.
Remember that the passage of time is part of the environment.
The question is worth 50 points.

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