The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many stressors for students, parents, and teachers. Recently, I watched a talk show host interview a 3rd grade student. The student stated that she had learned to lock herself out of Zoom classes. Three weeks passed before anyone realized it was an intentional act. When asked why she would lock herself out of the classes, she replied, “I was tired of zooming for school.”
Storytelling and Tools for Life are a natural fit. What better way to illustrate social emotional learning than by the sharing of stories? Folktales, poetry, songs, and chants are all part of the storytelling world.
How often have you heard, “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”? Every child is a unique individual; they are not one size fits all, and we cannot connect with them in that manner. For the most part, teachers with high-quality relationships are aware of student needs, exhibit appropriate levels of guidance and cooperation and have fewer discipline problems.