Web Tool That Encourages Humane Digital Interactions
The Small Online Kindness (SOK) Generator is a web tool that encourages educators to consider how to best express the kindest and most empathetic intention when they communicate remotely with another person. Maybe a phone call instead of several emails … Maybe moving to Bcc for all but the essential participants on an email chain … Maybe finding ways, again and again, to signal that they trust their team. Try the SOK generator to see some small kindnesses formatted as a website experience. On the webpage, you can also sign up for a daily email with a Small Online Kindness and contribute to the project.
University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) has shared “Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or High-Stakes Topics” to help educators facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues.
Teachers nationwide are considering how to support students who may be traumatized by images of violence at the United States Capitol on January 6. Some school districts are offering counseling services for students, giving them opportunities to share.
The events of January 6, 2021, may generate feelings of fear or anger in students. Teachers can create a space, whether in the physical classroom or on a remote learning platform, for students to express discomfort and feelings of anger or distress that may emerge from discussing these events.