Students Need Emotional Support: Try Mastery Learning | Jon Bergmann | 6 Min Read

February 10, 2022

Now more than ever, our students need emotional support from their schools and teachers. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since the pandemic started, there has been a 31% increase in adolescent suicide attempts (CDC, June 2021). In October of 2021, “the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared that the pandemic-related decline in child and adolescent mental health has become a national emergency (Pew, 2021). Sharon Hoover, co-director of the University of Maryland-based National Center for School Mental Health, says, “Nearly every child in the country is suffering to some degree from the psychological effects of the pandemic” (Pew, 2021). 

In my classes, I’m observing anxious and stressed-out students and many of them are on the edge. Though many of my students need more social and emotional help than I can give as a classroom teacher, I know that Mastery Learning is helping students who are struggling through this unique time in our history. It is my contention that if more teachers adopted Mastery Learning, it would have a huge impact on the social and emotional needs of their…

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Jon Bergmann

Jon Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement. Jon is leading the worldwide adoption of flipped learning by working with governments, schools, corporations, and education non-profits. Jon is coordinating or guiding flipped learning initiatives around the globe including China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, the Middle East, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the United States. Jon is the author of 10 books including the bestselling book: Flip Your Classroom which has been translated into 10 languages. He has been an educator since 1986. He has served as a middle and high school science teacher, the lead technology facilitator for a school district in the Chicago suburbs, as well as a consultant/public speaker. He currently is teaching science and leading staff development at Houston Christian High School.