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HNN hosts ‘Evolving Education’ town hall on learning loss, adaptation in classrooms

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 4:52 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 7:28 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - COVID has been hard on everyone, but schools ― and the teachers and students who fill them ― have had a particularly hard time over the last two years.

Distance learning, learning loss, hybrid instruction. Terms that wouldn’t have meant much before the pandemic are now part of the vernacular, and everyone is working to find their footing.

To explore the long-term effects of distance learning and how classrooms are evolving, Hawaii News Now hosted a special town hall on Tuesday.

“Evolving Education: Learning Through COVID” featured teachers and students from across the state, who shared their experiences during the pandemic.

From students young and old, all of them said they struggled in some way as they tried to navigate this new world of learning.

“What the real challenge was, was being able to learn in a different environment and especially being in your own bubble virtually,” said Enjl Himoya, a senior at Hilo High School. “So that has certainly been a challenge for academics, and mental health-wise, not having that in-person interaction.”

It wasn’t only the students who had to adapt but also teachers.

“It was a learning curve,” said Miki Cacace, a computer science and coding teacher at Ewa Makai Middle School. “I needed to find a place to teach, but I also had my children at home, so it was nerve racking because I would be teaching and my son or daughter would come up to me and ask me for help.”

Despite these challenges, students and teachers agreed they all learned a lot about themselves and others during the pandemic and said they are hopeful for the future of Hawaii’s education.

WATCH THE EXTENDED CONVERSATION BELOW:

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