This article provides some guidance about how to engage children in dialogue about critical issues such as the coronavirus. The strategies are based on the STAT (Students Taking Action Together) program which was designed to help generate discussion and debate on issues that are both relevant and important.Source:
Lauren Fullmer, Ed.D., Summit, NJ Public Schools and Academy for SEL in Schools (SELinSchools.org), March 2020Excerpt:
"When students turn on the TV, they see increasing numbers of deaths and cases of people infected. Walking through the grocery store, they see empty shelves and desolate aisles. Their parents tell them that they can no longer attend basketball practice and that their spring break trip to Disney will most likely be cancelled. And, the buzz around school is that their classes may take place virtually and if they already have gone virtual, it’s not clear when they will get back into their classrooms."Read the full article here!