How can schools support the emotional well-being of students?
7 years old Shweta generally appears happy and talkative. But, for a few days, she is interacting less with her parents, getting teary-eyed whenever the teacher asks her questions, and missing important assignments. You might be wondering what is wrong with her. But, in schools, we come across many such students like Shweta, who is suffering from extreme emotional distress. They become emotionally weak and this affects their ability to concentrate and succeed in their academics. But, it is the responsibility of every educational institute to figure out who and what is the real culprit behind such behaviors of the students.
8 ways school support the emotional well-being of students
We all are going through a tough time. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed a lot, for all of us. Kids are the worst affected since they are confined within four walls of the house. This situation is creating serious issues such as stress, anxiety, fear, and emotional turbulence among kids. Due to these serious issues, it is an utmost need to use and implement various strategies to support the emotional wellness of students.
1. Talk to students
This may seem a very basic idea, but it really helps. Interacting more with the students and following up with them frequently, creates a sense of belief in the students, and they easily open up their feelings and emotions.
2. Complement achievements
Complementing the achievements, either big or small, make the students realize their capabilities. It also increases their self-confidence.
3. Involving parents
It is always a great idea to involve the parents in various school activities. This also helps to understand the kind of bonding students and their parents share.
4. Communicate with parents
Keep parents in the loop regarding the regular updates of the school activities and passing the information about their kid’s progress. This makes parents more comfortable with the school authorities, and they can openly discuss the concerns related to their kids.
5. Observe the behavior
Closely observing the behavior of the students will help to understand them properly. It gives an idea as to what affects and triggers the student’s behavior.
6. Implement Wellness Programs
Various activities like yoga, practicing mindfulness, breathing techniques, visualization techniques, and counseling helps students to cope with their underlying issue of emotional imbalance.
Emotional health is as important as physical health. We know that as a parent you might be looking around for the schools which not only support the health and physical well-being of your kid, but also the emotional, mental, and social well-being. We, at Pratibha International School, emphasize the overall wellbeing of our students. We have one-to-one interactions with our students to discuss their academic performance and any issues they might be facing at home or at school. We provide them with proper counseling, engage them with various wellness programs and activities like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and have one to one interaction with parents to discuss their concerns regarding their kids. We believe that after implementing these strategies we can help with the overall development of our students and help them succeed in their academics.