Sharing Thoughts and Emotions in Reaction to Current Events
A lesson from the Mikva Challengeprogram about the attack on the US Capitol offers ways educators can provide students opportunities to share their reactions, thoughts, and emotions about the events of January 6 in Washington, DC, and make connections to recent current events and historical events in the United States. The lesson includes three activities: (1) “See, Think, Feel, Wonder with Images from January 6” (a slideshow is accessible from within the lesson); (2) “Story Share,” and (3) “Facilitate a Conversation.”
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.
The Second Step Elementary digital program offers a research-based approach to social–emotional learning (SEL) that allows for consistency from classroom to classroom and easily scales across schools and districts.
For the third consecutive school year, the rhythms of our schools are being disrupted by a global pandemic that has laid bare existing inequities across almost every relevant metric. On September 22, 2021,educators can join a gathering of Harvard University education experts to surface key challenges and concerns—and concrete ideas for addressing them.