Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Covid-19: Where am I during school closures?
It has been 3 weeks since my school site closed, and a week since we got the news that our schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. As many of you, I have been scrambling to get things in place so that my students can continue learning. I have now had Google meet check-ins with my middle schoolers, and developed a slew of online lessons and experiences, and I've had to redifine what this school closure means for me and my students several times over. As I was working through this I came across a graphic posted by @CarolLRead that helped me focus and recognize my feelings over the situation and in some ways gave me a path forward. So, I set about re-creating it for use with students as a way to help them recognize that:
1. Their feelings are valid, and their reactions are completely normal.
2. They can move from one "zone" to another at any given time.
3. There are ways to change their outlook and use this time in meaningful ways.
I don't know where we will all land when this is over, but I am hopeful that we will all come out of this a little bit stronger.
If you'd like a copy of the graphic to share with your students, you can create your own by clicking here