Navigating The Last Few Weeks
As An Educator: CoVID19
Well… Where do I begin? I have been absent for a little while for so many reasons. As like everyone, I have been trying to process all that has been going on in the world.
- The first week I suddenly found as a Deputy Principal that 80% of my work had disappeared and I just felt lost. I didn’t know where to begin and as someone who is defined by a sense of control, my lack of it really unsettled me.
- Just as I got a grip on changing news, the next day would arrive with new information to process.
- A week later, I made the decision to keep my 3 boys at home and with that came a great sense of relief and surprisingly a feeling, once again, of control.
- I found new energy to start considering how to support my staff, students and parental group.
- But, of course, that also brought many challenges such as the demands of working and home schooling my children at the same time.
- I was suddenly overwhelmed by all of the options out there for online learning so I began where I always start… by researching.
- Suddenly my work was no longer quiet but had instead evolved into supporting my staff to navigate this new educational world, identifying problems as a parent that we could solve as a school and learning many new platforms to ensure online learning is engaging for all learners.
- Through all of this, I have had moments of feeling lost… then strong and in control… lonely and craving social company… and grateful for the close friends and family I have and the farm that I live on.
It is hard to believe how much our world has changed and evolved over the last month or two. I finally feel I have settled into this current picture of life (for now) which includes:
- Being excited about the prospects of online learning and finding creative ways to support staff, parents and students
- Developing clear routines and outcomes for my children mixed in with wonderful family time
- Organising regular social connections through group video messaging for myself, my hubby and my boys
- Finding time to actually achieve things I have not done in such a long time
- Creating an opportunity to support others wherever possible.
- Recreating educational infrastructure and guidelines to provide support and routine again.
As a result I want to take a moment to pause in my current blog series. I am going to still work behind the scenes on getting resources and information to support educators implementing behavioural and mental health change in schools developed.
But for now, I am going to put out regular blogs and free resources to support everyone implementing online learning (not necessarily the online learning part – more the how to effectively support staff, students and parents to navigate this new world). I want to share ideas not only about the educational side, but also how to support the parental community and tools to make this entire process easier for everyone (wherever possible).
Some of the upcoming blog posts and resources I plan to share include:
- Helping Staff Regain Control Through Problem Solving
- Tips and options for Online Learning
- Navigating Connect and all of the Options
- Important Parental Supports
- Mental Health & Wellbeing for Online Learning
- Behaviour and Engagement/Attendance Ideas for Online Learning
- Whole School Fun Ideas
- Important routines and guidelines to support staff
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Have a great day!