6 things you can be doing for your students
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
Supporting students during a pandemic can be difficult but not impossible. Here are a few tips to help support students emotionally:
1. Try to keep most of the negative news out.
Hearing about deaths and rising cases can cause a lot of anxiety because it can make students worry about things they can't control.
2. Remind them as things reopen it doesn't mean that life is back to the way it used to be.
They should take even more precaution now since many people are lowering their guard. Remind students to keep practicing social distancing and hand washing.
3. Try to find ways to keep their mind off things
Whether it's playing board games, solving puzzles, or craft projects anything to keep their mind busy.
4. Don't be afraid to share your concerns and feelings too!
If your student asks if you're worried, be honest! It makes them relate to you more and you become more trustworthy in their eyes.
5. Remember to take care of your physical health as well
Try finding fun activities to stay active together like bike riding, hiking, or yoga.
6. Validate Their Feelings and Concerns
Making them feel heard and understood makes a huge difference. Reassuring students that you understand why they are feeling this way and that it's ok that they are.
During these unsure times being there for each other is important. Making your student feel comfortable and like they can count on you can help their mental health immensely. Just using one of these tips per week can make a big difference.