By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, March 26, 2020
“Anxiety” is one of the words you hear frequently about our individual and collective reactions to the coronavirus pandemic — which has stopped public life in its tracks in much of the world. Kids are anxious. So are their parents and teachers and principals and superintendents and friends and elected officials. For those people who were anxious before covid-19, the sense of apprehension has only deepened.
Given that, this post offers expert advice on how to use trauma-informed curriculum while teaching students — whoever is doing it. This comes from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Schools across the nation are closed and many are moving or have moved to online education. In some districts, schools are offering virtual classrooms where students can log on and attend a “live” class. Other students are getting only messages from teachers who have assignments for them to do at home and turn in. Teachers are using a host of platforms and programs from school to school, even in the same district.