The past week at Lalor Primary School saw all students from P-6 given the opportunity to participate in Lalor's Got Talent. It was an opportunity for students to show off their BEST talents, and an opportunity for a much needed break from the sometimes monotonous cycle of remote learning.
RUOK Day, which focuses on mental health and well-being, also fell in the same week as Lalor's Got Talent. So, it got me thinking, am I doing enough to support my students' mental health? Am I doing enough to stay connected?
I used my Webex online time to have discussions with students around emotional health and general well-being, and I ensured I spoke to students about their individual talents. I also made sure I provided a personalised comment on the Wabisabizen, for each student regarding their talent post.
This is what happened:
Here's a little background for you...
One of my students decided to post a video where he made pizza from scratch. He called himself Chef Andrea and his post was a hit with teachers and students alike.
During our meetings I praised him about how fantastic his cooking skills were and I encouraged him to make another video, this time making my personal favourite - gnocchi. So, he did and he personalised the video, mentioning that he was making the video because Mrs. E wants to make gnocchi!
Well of course I needed to reply and thank him for the instructional video.
AND of course I had to use Chef Andrea's instructions to actually make the gnocchi!
It's wonderful that I am able to maintain a special connection with my students despite not having face-to -face contact. Wabisabizen has been an invaluable tool that, combined with online meetings, has facilitated engagement and enabled me to maintain connection with my students during remote learning.