Shifting the conversation
What we knew to be true yesterday, has shifted. Instead of relying on past data and information we had collected regarding our students, our focus needs to be on collecting new, relevant data. What is it that our students are dealing with? Do they have their own private space to learn or is it in their family car in the parking lot of Starbucks? Do they have the tools to do it; computer, paper packet, wifi access - all day or only sometimes (maybe between sibling/parent zoom meetings? Who is their support system and how available is this system to them? Does this look like a stay-at-home parent? A grandparent? A teacher? A parent who is laid-off? A working parent who barely has enough time/strength to say "I know you can do this" but has the insight to know that is all they can offer at a time like this? Is it all of these people or none of them? How can we reach out and work with families to support our students? How can we make this a productive partnership? What can we offer as support to address the WHOLE CHILD? How do we walk that line where we are providing a rich learning experience while keeping our students' emotional wellbeing as a priority? How do we foster productive struggle and allow for grace? What does our (as a teacher? As a counselor? As admin? As a county? As a state? As a community support provider?) work look like? Yes, we have more questions than answers, but this makes our work more imperative than ever!