Our School Counselor, Therese Schreiner, has been teaching and counseling students for 52 years, and she has learned a lot on her journey. Every week she shares words of wisdom with our community. This week Mrs. Schreiner wants to know how are you feeling?
How Are You Feeling?
Most of the articles I have written were for you, the parents. So, this week, I thought I would switch my audience to your children. When they would come to see me, I often asked them, “How are you feeling today?” Most would answer with one word, “FINE”. After further questioning, some would say “BORED” or “SAD”. A discussion would follow and I discovered maybe they did not do well on a test, or their dog is very sick, or a grandparent is in the hospital. So, after a few months of these children learning at home, away from their classroom routine, their friends, their activities, I decided I would ask you to help me find out just how they are feeling with regard to going to school-at-home.
I am asking you to tell your children, in K-7th grades, that I would like them to send me an email in whatever form they want, to let me know how they are feeling I promise to reply to each of them. They could write me a few lines, or create a poem about their feelings, or draw me a picture. For those in grades 3, 4, and 7, with whom I have facilitated Peace Circles, how did they feel about that? How they do this, is up to them.
Please send an email to email@example.com. I want children to understand that this is not a mandatory assignment, but if they do email me, as I said earlier, I will reply to them. This email may be helpful to you as a parent to continue to allay any fears or confusion the children may have. Sometimes, children will not know how to express their feelings in words, especially the younger ones; this could be another outlet for them.
As a counselor, I am eager to understand how children from the various levels think and feel as they journey through these unchartered waters. I may be able to reach out to them from a different perspective.
Thank you so much for all the extra time and effort you have spent with your family. I am fully aware of the many sacrifices you have made. None of us knows what the future holds, but I continue to wish you peace and good health.