December 7, 2020
What is worth your energy?
So many of the conversations I have had lately are about "letting go" and relinquishing control because do we really have it anyways? Life is a little discombobulated and it's going to be that way for a little while. As educators, we are used to having control of what we teach, how we teach, and behavioral expectations we set for our students. Personally, I have to decide what is worth putting my energy into and what isn't.
Here are a few things we should all channel our energy towards.
Attendance. It's IMPORTANT that the students attend the online classroom. Attendance counts BIG TIME, especially right now. We have lost so much time in the classroom and we are fighting to keep the students from falling any further behind. It means they have to participate, not turn their cameras to the sky and walk away from the computer. It means they shouldn't be playing video games or have TV on in the background. Attendance means attending. Without their attention, we cannot teach them.
Organization. Teachers are working extra hard to make sure the students have what they need and how to find it for the lesson. If they don't have access to the materials, they can't keep up in class. As much as possible, students should have their own space with their own materials so they are prepared and ready to learn.
Communication. Please make sure you are communicating with your child's teacher and your child. Talk about what went well and what they are struggling with during the day. We want to do what we can to reduce the anxiety and stress they are feeling about not being at school.
PLAY and LAUGHTER are essential and we are missing out on both in our current circumstances. We have to find time to play and laugh with each other to reduce stress! Research shows so many benefits of it, especially when you are sharing a laugh with someone else. We all need it. Make it a point.
Take care and have some laughs this week.
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If you could use some help, please complete this Snowflake Holiday Help Request form: click here If you would like to help meet the needs of our Desert Cove Community, please purchase gift cards in the amount of $25 from Walmart or Target. Cards for the Snowflake Program can be turned into the office during the normal school day, or mailed to Desert Cove, attention: Snowflake Program. Thank you for your generosity in meeting the needs of our community, especially in this challenging season.
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