Educators need to meet the emotional needs of virtual students after a wholly unexpected year--here's how to do just that

3 ways to meet students’ emotional needs


Educators need to meet the emotional needs of virtual students after a wholly unexpected year--here's how to do just that

The 2020-21 school year brought a lot of new students to online school who otherwise may not have even tried it. Many families were unsure of how their local districts would handle new guidelines brought by COVID-19, and others felt most comfortable going with an existing virtual school with years of experience.

With these sudden changes in their lives, students may feel more anxious and unmotivated to learn. I’ve seen this firsthand as a middle school teacher at an online school in Virginia. Since the start of the pandemic, it’s increasingly important to protect our students’ emotional well-being, so that it is conducive to learning the curriculum we work so hard to provide them.

Below are some ways schools can help ease the stress level and improve the emotional health of students navigating online learning.

1. Ease frustration by supporting students. This probably goes without saying. If students feel like they’re failing all the time, especially if online school is a brand new setting for them, depression and anxiety will spike.

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