May 21st, 2020

Making Time for Personal Shares and Videos, Challenges that await with Student Needs

One thing that I find is working well to support well being and keep up student connections is sharing personal videos. I have been using Seesaw as a student centered app that not only allows for comprehensive corrective feedback but also give students the ability to create their own 'share' videos (things they do/make at home). This has been helpful in engaging students who are not yet able to complete their own work (for various reasons) but can still participate and share within their learning community and feel relevant. This has been a helpful way to keep students tightly (and loosely) connected. I have also been relying on the theory of 'Kawaii' to incentivize students to go to learning video sites as they will have a 'fun' video to see first.

A barrier I am anticipating is the one for students who are currently struggling with the various feelings of Shelter in Place. In some I see the signs of deep emotional impact (withdrawnness, disinterest, depression(?)) across all abilities. I wonder how we can help them adapt to these new and necessary structures when physical comfort is so rapidly withdrawn from the equation. Perhaps more exercises in self-comfort, such as butterfly taps, self-hugging, calming physical poses?

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Nicole, what great ideas to engage students. Teachers are extremely inspiring and innovating. Distance learning has created a platform for teachers to build their own teaching capacities.

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Nicole - Asynchronous ways for students to connect is so important! We've been using flipgrid, do you have other recs? I love your point about highlighting the need for self-soothing, I wonder if brushing would also be a good tool...

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Seesaw was the most useful one I came across. A friend who teaches in SFUSD shared it with me (and it's free). I will certainly check out flipgrid. Now that you bring up brushing, I used it last year for a transgender student struggling with family support and acceptance. Logistically, keeping brushes separate would be the main piece, perhaps part of a personal 'toolbox' kit?

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