During the pandemic, it is reasonable to expect that students are under even more stress than during a normal school year. For many children, school can be their safe space, but even if home is not traumatic, trying to be the manager of their own technology and create their own quiet classroom-like environment can add plenty of stress to a child’s emotions. It is even more important that educators make use of MTSS strategies with students who are learning remotely. Here are a few easy ways to do so: 1) Weather check — have each student fill out a simple one question survey at the start of class, selecting the weather pattern that best characterizes how they are feeling at that moment. 2) Mindful moments — design moments into your lesson in which you guide students through 2–5 minutes of quiet reflection or breathing, to clear their minds and let their brains calm and help rid the cortisol and stress from themselves. 3) Virtual visits — remember that a “camera on” means that you are in their home… ask to visit in a one on one situation… to talk, share a little about your space and check in with the student and their parent/caregiver. This is an opportunity to listen and learn, make the most of it.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well
— Alexander the Great