True, the year has been difficult for everyone, particularly children, as a result of what they have seen happen around the world.
The pandemic that resulted in worldwide lockdown, not to mention the lives lost as a result of the COVID-19 virus, implies that some of these children may have lost a loved one to the virus.
Furthermore, the television did its job in ensuring that stories from throughout the world were accurately relayed, and these children witnessed the virus’s devastation.
Teachers must assist students in overcoming the trauma of remaining at home for a year, learning electronically, and living in a destabilized environment. In some regions of the world, total stability has yet to be restored after the lockdown.
Unaddressed traumas can interfere with attention and cognition, placing students at risk of poor academic achievement.
Teachers, many of whom have been traumatized, are on high alert for pupils who exhibit trauma-related symptoms such as difficulties sitting still, impatience, emotional volatility, and difficulty controlling emotions, as well as disengagement, avoidance, and chronic weariness.
However, students can recover from stress and loss through tactics anchored on emotional regulation, self-growth, and relationship development in the midst of widespread trauma.
Encourage emotional expression using creative activities
Give kids the chance to express themselves through art, music, or writing. Allow them to completely express their feelings and assist them in processing any accumulated frustrations or tension.
Finding the time for therapeutic art activities like mask-making or collage-making, or letting students respond to questions in artistic ways connected to the curriculum, such as a comment on a social studies subject, are some examples.
Relevant questions include “What advice would you provide a character/historical figure?” and “How do your obstacles or pressures correspond to or differ from those of a character/historical figure?”
Follow up with kids on a daily basis to see how they’re feeling
Children know how to recognize their emotions when they are asked to evaluate their mood, and teachers can rapidly evaluate students who may want further guidance before they are prepared for classroom activities.
Contemplate using a fully prepared scale in which students assess their emotions on a scale of one to ten, with one to four depicting low emotions such as exhaustion or despair, five to seven indicating feeling settled and prepared to learn, and eight to ten representing up invigorated emotions such as hyperactivity.
Direct students to attempt self-regulation tactics such as taking a movement break or practicing some breathing techniques to assist shift them to the ready-to-learn zone if they are on the low or high end of the scale.
Build a tranquil space in the classroom
Students who are feeling overwhelmed benefit from having a designated location where they may control their emotions or function independently without needing to abandon the classroom.
Make a different area with self-control tools such as coloring worksheets, play dough, or stress balls. A relaxing chair, a useful poster, and instructions for bubble breathing might also help you relax.
Encourage students to write a message to their past selves in the following format
Supply students with writing prompts such as “What do you wish you knew before the Covid-19 pandemic?” and “What do you wish you knew before the Covid-19 pandemic?”, “What advice would you give yourself to make this last year better?”
Reflective questions like this allow pupils to recognize problems and come up with ideas to overcome them.
Concentrate on student development
When we’re stressed, we tend to focus on the negatives, therefore it’s critical to keep a growth attitude.
Teachers can focus on the positives and recognize how hard times present chances for learning by identifying areas where pupils have grown.
Students are more likely to participate in self-reflection when they are asked what they have learned about themselves in the previous year.
Concentrate on having fun
Plan time for a brain break by playing a favorite card or board game. Uno is a popular game among students, and cribbage can assist students to practice math abilities.
You may also make classes more engaging by having students win badges for accomplishing learning problems or by allowing students to act out various roles to recreate multiple viewpoints or historical events.
Treasure hunts, fitness walks, brief dance parties, or yoga provide rest for students’ brains while also providing an opportunity for them to have fun.
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