Tips and Resources for Teachers to Support Social Emotional Learning During COVID
Online learning is hard for everyone. With a lack of structure, interaction, and extracurriculars,kids have a much harder time focusing, motivating themselves, and reaching out for help. Especially kids with LD. The uncertainties during this time are still endless. Here are some other recommendations for teachers to think about to get the most out or remote learning.
Don’t force yourself to replicate a typical school day. Try and make the structure of the day more conducive to balancing students’ structured and self-directed time.
Don’t sacrifice professional development. Teachers are overwhelmed by the new technology tools they have to start using and the new approaches they have to take to keep students engaged. Try and maintain regular collaborative sessions with other teachers to “calibrate” their teaching and share tips and insights.
Build in screen-less time for students! It’s more important now than ever to be mindful of how much time students are on their devices. Try and incorporate off-screen activities and lessons when possible, even if this means encouraging students to leave the room for breaks throughout the day to rest their eyes.
Be consistent. Letting each individual teacher devise their own teaching plan can make for a confusing landscape for students and parents to navigate. If possible, emphasize common protocols to encourage consistency across classrooms.