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Opting In Mentally

 

"Growth only happens when adversity comes knocking at your door."

How do we return back to school with COVID-19 impeding every thought process that educators go through year after year to prepare for back to school? The challenge to remain effective in meeting the needs of students becomes overwhelming. Planning and facilitating learning has taken on a whole new meaning. A digital explosion has reshaped the lens of how educators meet the learning needs of students. With school districts opting to implement virtual learning for extended periods of time or reopening with a hybrid model (face-to-face and remote learning combined), increases the burden of achieving instructional and digital demands. This approach to teaching and learning is an uncomfortable road to travel, yet it has the potential to position teachers to discover new qualities about who they are as practitioners. As you know, growth only happens when adversity comes knocking at your door. When it does come knocking at your door, what are you going to do to protect your beliefs and values about education? I suggest you...

  • Put your expectations in check

  • Set achievable goals

  • Collaborate with others

  • Manage your social and emotional well-being

Managing expectations gives us permission to let go of the norms and traditions associated with school settings as we know it. Our world has been turned upside down. There are many competing factors that are stopping the flow of creativity, enthusiasm, and acceptance of new roles and responsibilities. To name a few, the loss of life to COVID-19 and those who are fighting to stay alive have been some of the greatest distractions in our nation. I extend my condolences and prayers for family members who have lost loves ones, coupled with those still battling the virus. The effects of this pandemic are so enormous. There are not enough words to sum up its totality. To begin the process of moving fo