Lengthy lockdowns and changes to their routine have many children feeling anxious and isolated. As we settle into a new way of life with COVID-19, some students have gone back to school but for those who are still distance learning, morning meetings or classroom circles are important for reinforcing a sense of community and connection. They provide children with much-needed time to see their friends and interact with their peers while improving social skills, building student-teacher relationships, and giving educators a platform to outline learning for the day.
Here in Australia, psychologist Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg is gravely concerned for our kids. He says, “2021 brings an increased need for parents and teachers to monitor young people's mental health over the long-term and to be vigilant. In essence, we do not know how prolonged school closures, strict social distancing measures, the lockdowns, and the pandemic itself affect the wellbeing of children and adolescents.” He also advocates for structure and daily schedules and that’s why morning meetings are so good!