Date of Graduation

Spring 2023


Master of Arts in English



Committee Chair

Alan Tinkler


This paper will detail how the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic revealed the need for a modification of our current educational best practices. This modification asks that teachers create an intentional Pause where students can spend time dwelling on content and making their own meaning before teachers intervene through scaffolding and front loading. It uses a combination of personal experience, review of best practices, and Covid-19 data to show that best practices did not transfer well during the pandemic. It will then provide evidence for the addition of the Pause as well as addressing anticipated counterarguments.


creativity, independence, education, scaffolding, front loading, flipped instruction, failure, Covid-19

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Methods | Online and Distance Education | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development


© Amanda J. Anderson

Open Access