How Educators Can Boost Morale and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Cross Country Education
August 12, 2021 02:41 AM (GMT-04:00)
Cross Country Education Updates
The past year and a half has felt like a whirlwind for most, both personally and professionally. Educators have been forced to expeditiously address a multitude of issues, including the adjustment to a temporary virtual teaching environment and then for some, a hybrid teaching environment. As we look to start another school year with COVID-19 very much in the picture, we must continue to consider the mental health aspect for our students.

One nationwide trend that is being reported among both teachers and students is a significant decrease in overall morale. The impact of mental health on learning has been expectedly exacerbated during this unprecedented global pandemic.

Consider These Virtual and In-Person Strategies to Help Both Teachers and Students Thrive During COVID-19:

  • Conduct structured “check-ins” with students, focusing on their overall well-being
  • Engage teachers on a virtual breakroom or collaborative communication platform such as Microsoft Teams or a Facebook Group or in in-person small groups.
  • Launch a virtual bulletin board where staff can post inspiring quotes, phrases and breakthroughs or simply give kudos to their colleagues.
  • Create student and teacher buddy systems to guide conversations, answer questions and establish a schedule for checking in.
  • Implement the student and teacher resources outlined in “Thriving Schools” by Kaiser Permanente, created specifically to address impact of COVID-19.
  • Launch Social Media Activities such as Sprit Week, Scavenger Hunts, Daily/Weekly Challenges and Surveys.
  • Conduct scheduled wellness and Social Emotional Learning Sessions for students and staff.
  • Make sure students are getting exercise at recess

Contact us today to discover how Cross Country Education can deliver solutions for your educational staffing needs, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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