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ERIC Number: EJ1256356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
We Will Be Different: Let's Start Now to Build Teachers' Resilience to Bounce Back after Crisis
Helmke, Sharron
Learning Professional, v41 n3 p46-49 Jun 2020
When schools closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many wondered, "When are we getting back to normal?" A few weeks later, the question changed to, "Will we get back to normal?" And now, many are realizing the old normal won't be back, at least not anytime soon. Still, educators will eventually return to their campuses, students will once again walk through the doors, and in-person schooling will resume. But things will be different, and it won't just be because everyone might be wearing face masks. There are steps that need to be taken, starting now, to ensure that schools' staff members have the emotional resources necessary to bounce back, adapt, and thrive in a new environment that has yet to take shape. By focusing on building resiliency now, educators can not only be prepared to navigate a major transition but also to emerge with stronger professional identities and a more connected, committed campus culture. This article discusses the importance of acknowledging trauma and suggests ways educational leaders can help teachers bounce back from the disruptions of stay-at-home orders and build resilience against future stress, like the everyday pressures of successfully educating hundreds of students amid ever-increasing demands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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