While COVID-19 has brought health concerns for people of all ages, it has especially brought concern for children’s emotional well-being and students’ mental health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken steps to educate the public on social, emotional, and mental well-being as trauma at a developmental stage could have long-term consequences.
At the International School of Indiana (ISI), our staff follows a few tips and strategies to best support students’ mental health in the classroom during COVID-19.
COVID-19 has only exacerbated the steady increase in the abnormal amounts of anxiety we have been seeing in students in recent years. The uncertainty of the situation alone has added anxiety for students. Most students thrive best when they can learn in person when they are with educators and peers, but others have thrived in the remote learning environment. As educators, we must continue to find ways to support students, whether in person or virtually, with an understanding that each student faces their own unique set of challenges.
Set aside time to focus on wellness
I encourage schools and teachers to take time to focus on mental and emotional wellness. Whether it be a small part of each class or a larger time periodically, this time can be beneficial to all students.