I See You, You Matter

#sol21- October 26, 2021

Last Thursday was our first day with elementary students on campus since February 22. It has been a whirlwind of awesome. My main goal in these first few days has been to try to show each student that I see them and that they matter. It is a balance as there are still four students from the class online- I want them to feel that too, but with short connections just twice a day that now feels harder for them to feel that love.

I can see where I am failing- the new student who is feeling stressed and thinks he is in trouble because he got separated from the class. There are other moments for others- that look small to me from the outside, but feel huge for them- all amplified by the fact that everything is still just so different. Add in a sprinkling of Covid worry and it is a slightly uneasy feeling just under the layer of “oh, my goodness it is so good to be at school” and every piece of the daily puzzle can feel a bit much. For us all.

Still, at the end of the day and at the beginning as well, with frequent reminders in between the message I want to send is consistent- “I see you, you matter.”

5 thoughts on “I See You, You Matter

  1. Erika,
    Hang in there. I can only imagine how hard it is to run two separate classrooms and to build the caring community of new to you grade level content. It will take time!

  2. Ah, great message–“I see you, You matter.” I hope others are giving you that message too, Erika. I love that you are so aware of the fragility, and helping your students cope,

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