#080 – Pandemic Fallout Part 2: What Causes Pandemic Fallout and Does It Matter?

This is the second of our 3-part series on pandemic fallout in our students. We discuss what has caused these issues and why they matter for students moving forward. We examine how students bring their high school pandemic behaviors into the college classroom and the impact of online learning on in-person classes. We discuss how these changes in student behavior can affect students’ relationships, mental health and career and professional aspirations.  In our next episode we’ll conclude with several suggestions of what parents can do to help students address these pandemic challenges.

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In this episode we continued our conversation about some of the pandemic fallout that we see in our students. If you haven’t already listened to it, you may want to go back to our last episode  – Part 1 of Pandemic Fallout where we talk about what we’re seeing in our students in and outside of the classroom.

In part 2 we talk about where some of these issues are coming from and why they matter.  Our next episode will address some of the things parents can do to help students deal with and work on these issues.

We discussed some of the behaviors we’ve inherited from high schools and students’ remote learning. Pandemic has changed student behaviors and many students struggle.

We shared some statistics from a survey by the School Pulse Panel of staff and faculty that showed that 80% of schools saw stunted behavioral and socioemotional development.  More than 1/3 of students said they were experiencing poor mental health.  Students have lost their “student muscle.”

Other issues we discussed included the habits of online learning, and Lynn talked about how some students did well with online learning and were having difficult readjusting to being back in person.

These changes in student behavior are not just annoyances to professors, they are affecting students in so many ways. Students are having difficulty with relationships, career and professional skills and expectations, mental health, class participation and learning gaps.

All of this information serves to remind us how much pandemic learning has affected students. In our next episode, we’ll get down to some specific things that parents can do to help their students get “back on track.”

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