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.
Schools have—for the most part—opened, which has been a monumental lift for districts, schools, and most of all, teachers. I have three kids in school, coached in school districts with tens of thousands of students, and supported programs running in schools across the country. In so many ways I’ve seen how schools, coaches, and teachers have cleared the hurdle of offering an education to students nationwide.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in August.
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down school districts nationwide. The U.S. shifted into a state of loss and then grief. Loss of what we thought was stable including income, job security, and daily routines. Loss of over a year’s worth of social plans we had for ourselves including graduation parties, family reunions, and weddings. Plans have been put on hold repeatedly and hearts have felt the heaviness of disappointment non-stop.