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As a teacher, we teach students how to think about their own thinking. This is a strategy used when learning how to read and comprehend the story on a deeper level and is commonly called metacognition. I use this technique a lot when reflecting on my own life and goals.
We know you want to keep your kids busy during this tumultuous time. Many teachers and parents are scrambling to find academic materials, but are finding that students also need to learn how to be independent learners and persevere through challenges.
First, let me start by saying: Read this blog. Don’t read this blog. Save it for later. Or make it disappear forever. Your choice. We all have decisions and choices to make right now. Small, big, life changing. Decision fatigue is real. Rapid change is here.
Research has shown that people with 3 times more positive emotions than negative ones are more resilient and have a relatively higher rate of successful reintegration. Emotional resilience equips people with the much-needed psychological strength to cope with stress and hardships, preventing them from falling apart or getting overwhelmed.
It was late fall of 2017 when my superintendent came to me and asked, “What are we going to do about the state of our kindergarten classrooms?” It was not news that the climate of our classrooms had becoming increasingly challenging and teachers were exhausting themselves trying to meet the diverse needs of our students, but how we responded to this challenge mattered. It mattered for the welfare of our students, but it also mattered for the welfare of our teachers. So, this is where the journey began.