As teachers are going back to school on the 1st of February 2021 and they will start teaching on the 15th, it would be a good idea for teachers to teach their learners about the new Corona Virus on the 1st day. This is because learners may worry about themselves, their families and friends getting ill with COVID 19. Parents, family members, teachers and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping learners make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate and minimizes anxiety or fear.
At Edupstairs we’ve sourced some ready to print worksheets that we hope teachers will find helpful on the 1st Day of school.
- What is Coronavirus? Download Here
- 7 ways to stop the Coronavirus? Download Here
- Wash Your Hands. Download Here
- What can I do to help stop the virus? Download Here
- Good habits to stop viruses. Download Here
- Avoid spreading germs. Download Here
Tips for teaching about the Coronavirus
Remain calm. Remember that your learners will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
Reassure your learners that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Let your learners know they can come to you when they have questions.
Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
Pay attention to what your learners see or hear on TV, radio, or online. Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
Provide information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of your learners. Talk to your learners about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumours and inaccurate information. Learners may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Teach your learners everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs. Remind your learners to wash their hands frequently and stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick. Also, remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.