Concerns over COVID-19 can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know the extent of the impact the novel Coronavirus will have on the remainder of the school year, it’s important to remember that we still have a lot to celebrate.
Businesses, schools, and families are coming together to support and protect our most valuable resource: our children! As we speak, parents, teachers, and students are paving the way for the New Frontier in Education. Create a Celebration Zone in your home to celebrate every win, big or small!
Connect virtually! Post your child’s work on social media and share their #RemoteLearning success. If they aren’t old enough for their own social media, show them the likes and comments.
Celebrate the process! When a child works independently for a set amount of time, even if they struggled through completion, celebrate his/her independence and responsibility!
Get the whole family involved! Each child can have his/her own zone or you can create a big, collaborative zone.
Celebration Zone Ideas
For Elementary Children:
Tape worksheets and drawings to the back of a door or an empty wall. Make a big deal when you (or your child) decide to hang something up!
Talk with your child about why the work is being celebrated. Is it especially neat or organized well? Did they write in complete sentences? Is it creative or imaginative? Be explicit, but don’t underestimate the number of things to celebrate.
Post-Its are a great way to give children feedback and praise. After your children go to bed, write little notes that say what they did well today and what they can work on tomorrow. Your children will LOVE the notes and you can hang them in the Celebration Zone with student work.
While we don’t know the ultimate length of closures, think about a system for recycling older work to make room for newer work. If the work never changes, children will get bored. If you have the space, line the walls! Turn it into a Celebration Hall.
For Middle School Children:
Tape worksheets and drawings to the back of a door or an empty wall. Make it a big deal when you (or your child) decide to hang something up!
Talk with your child about why the work is being celebrated. Is it especially neat or organized well? Is it creative or imaginative? Be explicit. Gradually raise the bar for their work and tell your child what you are looking for.
Post-Its are a great way to give children feedback on their work or their day. Let them know what they did well and what they can work on tomorrow. Record it on a post-it that can be used as a goal for the next day.
Celebration Zones can be a great way to reconnect with friends and make new connections. Padlet and sites like it are a perfect for sharing work among households without sharing germs too!
For High School Children:
Many high school students won’t be completing pen to paper assignments, their products will be online. Take screenshots or pictures of them at work! Create a padlet for them to describe their work and/or post a pictures of what they've learned.
Encourage older children to create activities for younger children. Celebrate the collaborative effort in the Celebration Zone!
Give older children space to turn a Celebration Zone into a “Crazy Wall” (think crime and spy thrillers where detectives post clues and connect all the dots). Let their imagination soar and use wall space to become an Agent of Digital Learning.