Elementary Distance Learning Update
Welcome to Week 5 Elementary Tigers!
During difficult times, we have opportunities to reflect and be thankful. Understandably, we must recognize that there can be a tendency to pull back to focus on individual needs. This reaction is completely valid and necessary to focus on self-care and the health and safety for those close to us.
As a Medford Elementary student and a member of the Medford School District, it is also important to remember during times like this that we are not alone. We are all going through similar experiences and making the same decisions. This gives us a chance to understand, show empathy, and listen to others to hear their stories. The way to do this is to truly listen to each other, so we can really gain the perspective of others.
We must focus on maintaining an empathetic mindset so that we are able to understand and share the feelings of others and to respond in helpful ways. For the most part, empathy doesn’t just happen. It’s forged through concrete actions that help students consider others, day in and day out. What kinds of actions? Here are three that can have a big impact:
- Practice listening with eyes, ears, and heart. Help your child to listen beyond words by teaching them to look at body language. Try naming emotions based on facial expressions.
- Ask thoughtful questions. Ask your child about the types of questions we could ask others when we notice different emotions. For example, we may ask, “How can I help?” or “What’s wrong?" if we notice that someone is feeling frustrated.
- Show kindness. Identify ways to show others that you care.
I hope you are taking care of each other and making the most of your time together,
As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are here to help support you through this process of Distance Learning.
Thank you for all your patience and hard work! Take Care-- Mr. Carlson