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Is Your "Back to School" on a Coronacoaster?" Part 5: Watch Their Emotional Health!

We are hearing so much conflicting information about the start of school this year. Here are some of the options:
  • full time in the classroom
  • full time remote learning
  • the hybrid model: a little bit of each
  • a variety of the above
With all this uncertainty, how can teachers plan for this Coronacoaster?

It's pretty scary to think about all the planning that has to take place, "just in case..." but honestly, there are several things you can start planning that can happen in the classroom, through distance learning, or a combination of both. 
Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 5: Watch Their Emotional Health. This pandemic has taken a toll on the emotional health of the children. This blog post has some suggestions on how teachers can help them.

I'm sure you'll agree these things need to happen no matter where or how you are teaching.

Today is Part 5 in a five part series about returning to school during this Coronacoaster!
Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 5: Watch Their Emotional Health. This pandemic has taken a toll on the emotional health of the children. This blog post has some suggestions on how teachers can help them.

Watch Their Emotional Health

As we know, a whole lot of our children have been through some tough times in the last few months. They've been stuck at home, away from their friends, and dealing with "Zoom fatigue!" (Yes, it's a real thing!) We really don't know the horrors that some of these children have faced in the privacy of their own homes. 

Most classroom teachers don't have degrees in counseling or psychology, but we do know some of the things to look for, once we know our students. Once we know there's a problem, we can look to the professionals for help.

Morning Meetings, small groups, and one-on-one times are the best times to get to know the students. Knowing them is a key to knowing when there's a problem.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/60-Team-Building-Games-and-Activities-3489364?utm_source=coronacoaster%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=Team%20Building%20games
The above resource has 60 different group games that can be used in a variety of situations with a variety of age levels. Many are appropriate for using remotely as well as in the classroom. I'm sure you'll find something appropriate for your situation to get the students relax and getting to know them! 60 Team Building Games and Activities 

Here are a couple of other resources to help the children think about getting along with each other and getting comfortable. These resources are perfect for back to school, both in the classroom or virtually!

Once you get to know them, you'll be able to notice when something's not right. 

What to do about it? Well, not having a background in mental health keeps me from going there, but here are a few things to think about:

1. Laughter!

Laughing is healing. I've actually heard laughter referred to as "Vitamin L!" Be sure to get your daily dose! (And yes, there is science to back this up!)

2. Contact the Professionals

Most classroom teachers don't have a mental health background. This is the time to contact the school counselor. Be sure to have data to share about your perceptions!

 

3. Be a Role Model!

Emotional Health problems can't be solved overnight, nor can they be solved by the classroom teacher. However, there are a few things teachers can do along the way to help struggling children feel a little better. 

Children need to know their feelings are acceptable. We're all frustrated right now. We're scared. It's ok to validate those feelings to the children. Talk about what scares you and frustrates you. Talk about how you're going to deal with it, in their language. Let them see how you handle those frustrations, and try to stay positive. Being a positive role model is the best thing we can do for them. 


Be sure to read the all five parts of this Coronacoaster Back to School series:

 https://www.elementarymatters.com/2020/07/is-your-back-to-school-on-coronacoaster_22.html
 
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Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 5: Watch Their Emotional Health. This pandemic has taken a toll on the emotional health of the children. This blog post has some suggestions on how teachers can help them.




Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!

We are hearing so much conflicting information about the start of school this year, with no definite answers. Here are some of the options:
  • full time in the classroom
  • full time remote learning
  • the hybrid model: a little of each
  • a variety of the above

With all this uncertainty, how can teachers plan for this Coronacoaster?

Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!  Children's lives have been disrupted by this virus. They need to understand why. This blog post has a few suggestions.



Today is part 4 in a five part series about returning to school during this Coronacoaster! Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!  Children's lives have been disrupted by this virus. They need to understand why. This blog post has a few suggestions.

Teach Them Why

The children's lives have totally changed. Their schooling has been drastically changed. They have to wash their hands all the time. They have to wear masks andkeep a distance from their friends. Their sports, dance classes, and scout troops have all been postponed. They're confused and scared, and have a right to know why! It's definitely time to explain to them how germs work?
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Distance-Learning-Germs-Viruses-and-Bacteria-Boom-Learning-Task-Cards-5400486?utm_source=coronacoaster%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=Germs%20boom


As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of Boom Learning Digital Task Cards for several reasons: they're easy to use, can be used on any device, they're easy to assign through different digital platforms, and most of all, the children LOVE them! This set of Boom Cards helps the students learn about bacteria and viruses and how to fight them. Germs: Viruses and Bacteria Boom Cards

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This resource has an informational text with 10 questions, 6 brain breaks, and 4 sketching questions. Germs: Reading Comprehension for Active Learners


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Here's another Boom Learning Resource! This one helps the children understand what they can do to help fight germs and maintain healthy habits: Healthy Habits Boom Cards


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Finally, here's an informational booklet the children can read, learn, and illustrate. This can be easily sent home, or read, discussed, and illustrated in class. If they can keep socially distant, it's fun for them to make posters to show what they have learned!
Healthy Habits Informational Text Booklet

This is also a good time to practice handwashing, measure exactly how far 6 feet might be, and watch some videos about how face masks protect us.

What else can teachers do to help students understand why the world is the way it is right now?

Be sure to read all five parts of this Coronacoaster Back to school series:




https://www.elementarymatters.com/2020/07/is-your-back-to-school-on-coronacoaster_21.html
 
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Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!  Children's lives have been disrupted by this virus. They need to understand why. This blog post has a few suggestions.






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