Author: Aimee Park

Aimee Park is a National Board-certified science teacher at Lisle Junior High School. She is the 2020 Illinois South Suburbs Regional Teacher of the Year and a Teach Plus Illinois ILSTOY Policy Fellow.

Our Kids Need Flexible Learning

Until the pandemic forced us to rethink learning, the structure of school went unchanged for decades. Educators certainly refined their craft, incorporating new tools and knowledge about how students learn, but if Rip Van Winkle fell asleep during math class in 1919 and woke up a hundred years later, he would have no trouble recognizing the rigid structures and routines of the school day.