Creating connections, navigating feelings
Creating, maintaining, and strengthening relationships in the digital landscape has been challenging for educators. Self-awareness and social-awareness are key to navigating the ebb and flow - being able to monitor our own feelings and those of others. ... Getting a sense of when to pursue connection and when to allow space. Concentrated listening and observing are required, in this sometimes awkward arena. In addition, making sure there is room for all emotions when interacting in online formats. It has been helpful to have time for one on one and small group meetings, as well as time for side conversations, and off-topic chatter! In our school district we have been striving to continue integrating the RULER approach into routines and lessons, to support explicitly building SEL skills for adults and students.