Pandemic Problem Solving
“How will we provide authentic learning experiences through a screen? How will we respond to social and emotional needs if we are teaching remotely?" All valid pandemic-era questions. Here is the opportunity as I see it: to demonstrate the problem-solving mindset we learn in class and apply it to the pandemic obstacles we're facing. To have my students see me practice what I teach.
A Morning Meeting in our Responsive Classroom
Any day you happen into a classroom at my school, you will find a Morning-Meeting message board to greet eager learners. Morning messages anchor and prepare students for the direction of the day's learning. Morning Meetings also include a greeting to acknowledge fellow peers with respect, a sharing period to build community, and an activity period to stimulate thinking and movement. Curious what this looks like in practice? Here's a recent day in the life of a fourth-grade class.
Explore with Games of Mindful Curiosity
Games that can Build Empathy
According to Brené Brown, "empathy fuels connection." In turn, appreciating someone's perspective can fuel empathy. But sometimes our assumptions about someone else can limit our curiosity to see through their eyes. Creative games can break us out of this rut, reminding us to stay curious about how someone else sees the world.