07 Apr: Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19

Greetings 321 Insight Community, We at 321 Insight have been working to follow our own guidance over the past several weeks in an effort to deal with the stress and anxiety presented to us by the COVID-19 virus.  We have focused on creating a sense of safety for ourselves and our families by establishing helpful structure and routines, providing opportunities for regulation and being fully present and available to connect with our loved ones. At 321 insight our products have typically focused on teachers, paraprofessionals, students and the “educational experience”. During these traumatic times we are reminded daily that the educational supports that mitigate trauma, such as a school-based culture of care, teacher wellness or a well regulated classroom, are…

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06 Apr: The Structure of Being at Home

by Dr. Will Henson Educators across the country remain home at this time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being at home brings up its own set of challenges in terms of how we structure our time, how we structure our kids’ time, and how we get things accomplished. In a typical week, structure is imposed from outside: we have a specific time to be at work, for the kids to be at school, for appointments, and so on. We can effectively run on autopilot, and get lost and distracted in the busyness of everyday life. Being home with no appointments, little structure, and few distractions brings up its own set of challenges.  In this post I want to talk a little bit…

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30 Mar: Teaching SEL Remotely – Best practices, ideas, and examples

As nearly 20 million K-12 students are stuck at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, districts across the country are looking to remote teaching and learning. Join us for a free video series featuring Dr. Will Henson sharing best practices and demonstrating effective SEL teaching that can be done remotely. We will be adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to our blog, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let us know what you think!

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16 Mar: Educators – How to Talk About COVID-19

By Dr. Will Henson Talking to kids about COVID-19 This week more than 31 states (as of 3/16) have closed schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Educators may find themselves being asked questions from kids, either in school or at home with their own families.  Here are some ways to talk about how to talk to kids about COVID-19. Keep in mind that what, and how much you share should depend on the developmental age and readiness of the child.   Do talk to your students and children about the situation. Acting like it is not happening will only increase anxiety. They cannot help but notice that the world is in a state of upheaval – naming it, and recognizing…

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03 Mar: For Challenging Behaviors – Relationships are the Solution

by Dr. Will Henson I was recently consulting with educators about a student who had a lot of trauma. The student was having a lot of behavioral challenges commonly associated with students with adverse childhoods. After a while the teacher expressed frustration.  “I adore this kid. I’ve had him for two years. We have a great relationship. But I’m worried I’m not helping him. He still has challenging behaviors. He’s behind academically, maybe he would be better in a behavior program.”   This frustration is understandable. We pour so much time and effort into these students, and we want to know that we are making a difference. What I pointed out to this teacher is that the effort is the solution….

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18 Feb: More Effective Professional Development

by Dr. Will Henson This is Professional Development month here at 321insight, and our focus is on helping people get better at delivering professional development to their staff. When Dr. Skip Greenwood and I started 321insight, we had a specific vision in mind when it comes to professional development. First, we wanted to give people tools that made them more effective, right now.   To that end, we felt that the two+ hour-long trainings were a problem. That kind of time commitment is something few educators can do more than a couple times a year. This was especially important as we worked to develop material for paraeducators, who often had no extra contract time for professional development.  We settled on 5-10…