Tips and resources for teachers to support social emotional learning during COVID

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.

About Author

Peggy Stern is an Academy Award-winning film Producer/Director who has been working for more than 30 years. She is the Founder and CEO at SuperD!ville, LLC (formally Dyslexiaville). She shares her experiences growing up with dyslexia and her vision to change the future for the next generation of children with learning differences through helping them become their own storytellers. She received her BA from Harvard University and her senior thesis film STEPHANIE, was turned into a PBS documentary Special and broadcast nationally.

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Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern is an Academy Award-winning film Producer/Director with more than 30 years of experience. Her dyslexia led her to choose filmmaking and animation as a career and SuperDville is an expression of her and other LD children's experiences. SuperDville is the first PBS style, video-based Social and Emotional (SEL) tool for kids 7-12 years old with learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD). It works as a completely on-line tool, hybrid learning, solely in the classroom or at home as homework where parents can become involved too.