Lessons on the Social and Emotional Impacts of COVID-19
As we begin to resume many aspects of our lives that have been on hold since the start of the pandemic, we can continue to reflect on the impacts of COVID-19, not only as teachers and parents but also through the eyes of students. The filmCocoon, made during lockdown in March 2020, offers a window to begin this conversation. The film documents students’ experiences and perspectives living in Portland, Oregon. While the period highlighted in the film has passed, it marks a significant moment that we all remember, raising questions that still remain. The Global Oneness Project has provided lessons to engage students, across all grades, in learning activities that prompt them to examine their thoughts and feelings about the pandemic and the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted their learning. The online lessons include discussion questions, writing prompts, journaling ideas, links to companion texts, connections to national curriculum standards and frameworks, and more. Teachers can also access the lessons via Google Docs and Google Classroom. Spanishtranslations are available as well. The lesson How I Feel About the Pandemic suggests ways that students in grades 3–5 can explore their emotions, memories, or observations. In the lesson Bearing Witness to Change During the Covid-19 Pandemic, students in grades 6–8 reflect on ways the pandemic has shifted their perspectives and consider the impacts the pandemic has had people and society. And the lesson The Social and Emotional Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic encourages students in grades 9–12 to uncover how life and learning have changed since the start of the pandemic.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.
During this time of upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students need opportunities to experience community, connect, and feel a sense of closure before heading off for the summer. How can teachers provide such opportunities at the close of the school year?
Wisdom: The World of Emotions is an adaptivesocial–emotional learning game offered by BetterKids for children aged 4–8. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, includes an SEL curriculum, SEL transitions, and SEL activities to support students’ emotional wellbeing.