Film Documenting the Pandemic From Children’s Perspectives
As the nation grapples with the impact and fears of COVID-19, these times continue to be unpredictable and emotionally charged, especially for children. Global Oneness Project is sharing a new short documentary that captures the experiences and emotions of youth. Cocoon, by Andrew Hinton, documents the early months of the pandemic in April 2020, when many businesses, restaurants, and schools were closing due to the nationwide lockdown. Told through the perspective of students, aged 4–17, living in Portland, Oregon, the film explores their views on health concerns, job loss, and school changes. It allows students today to peek into the lives of their peers and find connections with their experiences, thoughts, and emotions. As they work on companion lessons, Global Oneness Project welcomes teachers’ ideas for using the film with students.
have been working 24/7 since this pandemic began in my role as superintendent,
just like all of my educator friends across the state and country have as well.
I have searched every resource, looked at every model, and tried to emulate the
best of the best. But I forgot one major resource: my students.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”
To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost.