Connections with students
Relationships are crucial in all areas. Establishing trust and confidence in a person takes time and social interaction. Right now our students have been living in an isolated time. Many have been living in unstable or unsafe situations. Now add in adolescence and things complicate even further. All of these things impact the emotional needs of our students. When our students return to school there needs to be a check-in with all students to see who is in need of emotional support, what types of supports are there, what families need support, and ensuring that all of this is capable to all students regardless of language need. With budget cuts in the future, it will be crucial for SEL to not be cut. Remember, if you are not emotionally available to learn education will not make an impact.