Disclaimer – I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel. These articles say it better than me!
I will Be posting more tips and ideas of how you can incorporate technology/ distance learning into your practice. It’s definitely a learning curve, and we can help each others. I’ve been using technology in practice for some time and exploring and testing out tech tools with my students. I guess now I can put my skills to work! Check out my COVID-19 resource page (click here)
Tip #1 – Realize that we can only do what we can
Tip #2 – Help kids understand whats going on and reassure them it will be ok
Tip # 3 – Learn how to take care of yourself
Tip #4 – Connect with others
tip #5 – master one distance learning tool
It’s been a trying two weeks being involved in the teacher’s strike in Chicago . More services for our students was one of the primary focuses in this years strike. More social workers was on of the buzz words heard over and over again during the strike. It was great to know that the teachers, parents, and students were saying that they valued the profession and the work that is done daily by these individuals. It was an overall win for other clinician groups, such as nurses, and case manager groups.
Some of the basic things that other professionals are accustomed, to had to be fought for during this strike. The right to have a private and consistent place to work with students was tentatively agreed upon, as was the right to have a work free lunch when traveling from school to school. School social work positions will be increased and the goal is to have a school social worker for every school. This will be a huge gain. A social worker working in a school with over 1,200 students won’t have to have another school added to their schedule one day a week , because a case load doesn’t meet the boards formula.
Workload vs. caseload was a key arguing point. A social worker may be able to maintain their caseload to a certain number, but you can’t predict the continuous crisis, and needs of the schools population. When you are the social worker of a school, you service everyone and not just IEP students. There is the skill set school social workers bring into the building, and teachers and administrators turn to school social workers for advice and intervention.
Social media continued to play a huge part in keeping the momentum of the strike alive, and informing clinicians of their part and place to report to during the strike. It was a rewarding experience to be together with other social workers sharing a common goal ,while discussing tricks of the trade, and being able to eat a nice lunch together with enough time to share and catch up with each others world. Daily I would look at the evening email to see what new place or theme was going to be visited the next day. Lets not forget the exercise one would get daily on the picket line, it was easily 10 miles a day or 20,000 steps 🙂
Social media definately played a role in getting the word out, and keeping a movement alive. Social workers were there supporting the cause.
Following is a review of some of the many articles found on the 2019 teachers’ strike.
articles related to the STRIKE
It’s time for back to school and this article is especially helpful for parents of school age kids. Great update on apps that aren’t so innocent and how parents can prevent use of these apps and recognize them. via 10 Apps Teens are Using that Parents Need to Know
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This post breaks down how to teach students about digital footprints. You can also find 10 important things to know about digital footprints summarised in a poster.
Source: Teaching Children About Digital Footprints and Online Reputations
If you haven’t seen the movie Black Panther, then hold off reading this blog post until you see it. There are plenty of spoilers in this post!! If you have seen the movie, I’m sure you have heard the great reviews and opinions regarding Black Panther. As a clinician, (I went to see the movie two times already) I looked at the movie through different lens. It was so many great messages in this movie and the connection to great therapeutic discussions, are endless.
Clinicians often use videos and clips as social stories that teach various social skills and how to respond to conflicting scenarios. The Black Panther movie has endless lessons and themes. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to post the endless amounts of articles that support Black Panther’s positive teaching and imagery. Below I have included links to great resources that Larry Ferlazzo has put together. It may be a while before Black Panther comes out on video, but there are a good amount of clips on YouTube that can you can view . These clips can assist in your discussions on various social themes within the movie. In the link below, there is also a curriculum that has been developed to teach lessons after viewing the movie.
Developing The SEL Lesson – Questions
Some of the great ideas that can be developed and discussed are as follows:
Who is your role model of the film
In what ways was the character similar to or different from you?
What are some of the themes within the movie (the power of fathers (or the lack thereof), the power of education, the power of suggestion and the tension between doing something versus sitting on the sidelines, and the role of females.)
What problems are the characters facing?
Who did you view as the antagonists, and what obstacles did they present?
What feelings are evoked from various themes?
What are the family values, how are they the same or different?
How did the protagonist succeed in overcoming the challenges?
What real world connections can you make from the movie?
Check out these great resources on Ferlazzo’s page. I couldn’t have done a better job 🙂
The Best Resources For Teaching About The Black Panther Movie — Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…
© 2018 Lindsay Silveira, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio The Black Panther movie offers some great teaching opportunities. Here are some useful resources: The 4 Things Teachers Should Know about the 2018 Black Panther Movie is from Donors Choose. The Black Panther Challenge has teaching resources. Here’s an article about it. Black Panther co-star…
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