How teachers and kids can navigate challenges in the new school year

Author and educator Rachel Simmons shares advice for how teachers can be present for their students and what parents should consider for their child's learning.
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But we are now going to turn to more on this video we were telling you about of a fifth grade teacher showing you a preview of her classroom viewing it more than 4 million time, author and educator Rachel Simmons joins us with some of the challenges students and teachers are facing as they head back into the school year. Good morning to you, Rachel. Thanks so much for being with us. Let's start with teachers right now because this is so hard for them. They have this decision they have to make. How can they go back to class and keep themselves safe? What's the best advice you can offer them right now? So, as we saw from that video earlier, teachers miss their kids. They want to be with their kids and I think the most important thing right now is for teachers to just stay connected with their kid, make their kids feel safe for a couple of reasons. One, they won't learn if they don't feel that way, two, in so many districts they may have to go back to being remote learners so establish the connection now and also lower your expectations of yourself as teachers. There's no way you'll get through the same content this year so go easy. Parents also very worried. Is there anything they can do to help teachers during this time? Yeah, definitely. I mean, listen, we have to accept that our teachers are working with less capacity, fewer options than they ever have before. We have to lower our expectations and as somebody who loves many teachers in my extended family if you have positive feedback for your teacher, share it. They need to hear it. Speaking of parents, they've got a lot of questions understandly, they're very nervous right now. What are the questions they should be asking before kids head back to school? Yeah, I'm thinking about this as a parent myself. What is the school's plan to support our kids socially and emotionally? They've been out of the classroom, out of practice. They're coming back at an unprecedented moment. How will we help them? Secondly we spent so much time telling hem what they can't do. What can they do to connect safely behind masks at six feet and finally what is the school going to do if there is a closure, so many will inevitably have to close. How will they support our kids to become remote learners again. Exactly that. This remote learning question. So many parents faced with this. Do you send your kid back? Do you commit to just remote learning? Do you do some kind of combination thereof. Any tips you can by them. If your family needs to send your child back then you've got to focus on getting them ready to do that. If you have the choice think about two thing, how will your child's personality jive with going back to school behind a mask at social distance with these different circumstances and secondly what is your child need developmentally right now. A kindergartner probably doesn't need to be around their peers with the same intensity that a middle schooler might need so think about personality. Think about what developmentally they need to thrive right now under less than perfect circumstances. Really great advice on such an important topic. Thanks so much.

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