Videos to Develop Social–Emotional Skills Through Drawing
Drawing with Mr. J is a series of video episodes from Ohio Public Media, WOSU Classroom, to help students in elementary grades learn social and emotional skills through brief but engaging drawing challenges. Teachers can use the activities in lesson plans, as a morning warm-up, or as transition activities. The first video episode is an introduction to the series for teachers and parents; the second episode introduces the series to children in grades 3–6. Other recent episodes include “Fruit Dance Party,” “A Donut Playing a Sport,” “A Cat Attacking a City,” and “A Unicorn with Personality.” Each video has a standards-aligned companion guide with activities and resources for educators and parents. Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) offers closed-captioned versions of the videos.
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.
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?