Pedagogies of the Pandemic Blog 4: “Mass Appeal”

James McDevitt (Head Teacher, Holy Cross Primary School, Edinburgh)

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The damaging effects of school closures from March to June 2020 have been well documented. Chief among these have been concerns about the disruption to children’s education, the impact on general attainment levels and especially on those of the most disadvantaged, and the damage to overall health and wellbeing. For Catholic schools, there is an added negative impact: the devastating effect on the spiritual life of our learners.

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Pedagogies of the Pandemic Blog 2: Still Together: Finding Hidden Blessings in Distance Learning

Marie McCoy (Religious Education teacher at St Ninian’s High in Giffnock)

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Here we go again. Not so long ago my classroom was a hive of Advent activity as my pupils listened to ‘O’ antiphons and designed Jesse tree decorations. Now, like classrooms up and down the country, it lies empty and deserted and we must return instead to the soulless world of online learning.

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