By now I am sure that you miss some aspect of being in school (honesty is a good policy). Well, pl
ease rest assured that your teachers and classmates miss seeing you each day as well. Figuring out schooling is new for all of us, so we will all have to be patient with each other. Realize this is new for your parents/ guardians too so they will also require your flexibility, help, and patience as we adapt. Just because we have moved to eLearning does not mean that the school year is over. We still have much to accomplish and YOU still have support. It is just going to look a little different.
Practicing proper self-care is a critical first step during this time. Not only do you want to keep yourself healthy and safe, but you want to have enough energy to strengthen and be a blessing to someone else. Here are a few brief ways for you to remain successful as a student who is going to finish out the school year strong:
1) Create a daily schedule - Wake up at the same time each day. Don't fall into the habit of staying up late and sleeping in. Putting off school work may be tempting but finish the enrichment activities your teachers are asking you to do. Sleep in on weekends, not on school days. When we do not receive the proper sleep and rest we cannot perform to our best ability. We may become easily irritable and even forgetful.
2) Create a workspace (NOT on your bed) - The science is clear about the effect of the environment on a student's focus and retention. Designate a space to be your “classroom” at home. Ensure proper lighting, comfortable seating, and limited distractions. Ideally, this space should not be used for anything else besides schoolwork for the next few weeks.
3) Maintain contact with your teachers and ask for help - Many teachers are available during the day for questions and can make sure you receive information and lessons for their class during this time. Pay attention to how and when you can get help if needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7
4) Maintain positive interaction – With so many platforms of Social Media available there are several ways to stay connected with peers and loved ones. Many people need social interaction on a regular basis. During this time, think unselfishly and find time to check in on others and how you can demonstrate random acts of kindness towards someone else.
We’re Stronger Together & We’ll Get Through This!
Marshay Allen, MA, School-Based Counselor