Look at any teacher’s social media posts and you’ll encounter an emotional journey:
- Sadness from having to temporarily say goodbye to students
- Frustration over having to quickly adapt lessons to an online environment
- Fear for the safety and health of their students and colleagues
- Desperation to get technology to function properly
- Melancholy at the realization that students may not be returning to the classroom this year
Not every school district has cancelled classes for the year; some are reassessing every two weeks, but the likelihood of most students finishing the school year from home is high. But as Dr. Brad Johnson recently tweeted, “Schools, remember this is not the new normal. This is just surviving a crisis. You don’t build a new home in a storm, you weather the storm and then regroup once it’s over.”
When the Going Gets Tough, We’re Stronger Together
As difficult as this has been for educators and students alike, we’ve been heartened at seeing the incredible strength demonstrated by members of our education community as they come together and support each other. From sharing lesson ideas and supporting each other online to making sure school children are still fed a nutritious breakfast and lunch to sharing moments of humor to help us all get through, the education community has never been more committed to each other and to their students and parents. We’re hearing stories about school districts handing out laptops and hotspots to ensure every student has access to online learning, EdTech companies offering their services for free, and so many resources being provided to help families and schools cope.
Surviving the Stay-at-Home Order
Whether you’re a parent learning core curriculum for the first time so you can help your child with their studies or you’re a teacher who is repurposing assignments to adapt them for distance learning, you are not in this alone. We’ve rounded up some great resources to help.
Screen time. Parents, relax. As with everything, moderation is key, but according to a review of the research, the evidence linking screens to harm is, in reality, paper thin.
Adapting lessons. This guide can help teachers stay engaged with students and adjust lessons.
More resources. WeAreTeachers has put together an exhaustive list of resources for teachers and students.
Lumen Touch Is Here to Support You
The Bright SPED™ system will continue to support communication among staff and student teams, as well as the development of progress reports, IEP forms, and associated documentation. Bright SPED is a multi-user system, allowing your team to work together on an individual record at the same time. We are also adding a parent portal.
Bright Student™ has the same capabilities when used remotely as it does in the school. This empowers the school staff, students, and parents, providing them with the ability to interact with each other in a new learning environment that accommodates this emergency situation and perhaps creates a confidence that respects a different model for our future.
We are holding a variety of webinars to help. You can schedule here.
We will get through this. We are stronger together. Stay home, stay safe, and let us know how we can be of service to you.