Category: Caring adult

US data on COVID-19 and its impact on schools helpful for planning for September

Delivering distance learning
Inequity across schools
Anticipating what’s next

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“A connected school always focuses on planting flowers instead of pulling weeds”: 5 Strategies for closure and transition

“Calming year end stress for can include these strategies:
1. Symbolic gifts
2. photos and affirmations
3. planting and nurturing
4. Remember to breathe
5. the family tree

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5 ways to build and maintain virtual classroom sense of community

“Secure your safety belt first.
Infuse exercises that involve connectedness
Let everyone play a role.
Embrace questions
Practice the art of listening.”

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“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”John Lennon

Helping students cope with uncertainty: advice from psychologist
1. feeling distressed about being unable to predict what will happen is entirely normal
2. put things in perspective
3. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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Many students who were chronically absent when school was in are vulnerable to loss of learning when school is closed due to COVID-19

Narrowing the equity gap includes:
examining access to digital devices
English language learners need documents available in multiple languages
teachers need support to conduct distance learning and connections with students

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Connecting with students even at a distance through the small things helps teachers maintain and build relationships

“These small daily experiences with our students forge a deep bond. We laugh with them. We hug them when they’re sad. We lose our tempers, make mistakes, and make amends. “

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Morning meetings builds connections with students even when it’s asynchronous online: one teacher’s adaptations to home learning

“The biggest challenge we have is helping our students return to school not traumatized by this situation. Their social and emotional health should be our number one goal so they return to us with their spark and love of learning intact. Morning meetings and reflection are the foundations of that social and emotional work.”

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“Students are more likely to complete tasks that they care about”:encouraging student engagement in remote learning

“In all disciplines and at all grade-levels, we need to get students moving, thinking, interacting with family members, creating (off the computer), and making choices. “

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6 reasons why student’s aren’t showing up for virtual learning

“Some students are not connecting because they felt invisible while they were in the physical classroom, so they feel that they will not be missed in the virtual one.”

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Practical suggestions for keeping secondary students connected during COVID-19

“STUDENTS WHO FEEL
CONNECTED TO SCHOOL…
• Have an adult in school, who they
believe knows about them and cares
about them as an individual
• Have a group of peers they interact
with and feel affinity with as a group
– i.e. sports teams, theater crews, clubs,
identity groups, circle of friends” Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins

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