Out of the mouths of babes

I am completing my one-on-ones with both students and staff this week. Here are some of the more memorable statements by students:

  • “I want COVID done and this to be over!”
  • “School really wasn’t that bad the way it was before.”
  • “Breaks outside, away from the screen, are nice.”
  • “I miss you.”
  • “It’s hard being with everyone all the time. It can be frustrating.”
  • “It’s lonely here. I want things to go back to normal.”
  • “There’s been a lot of sister time!”
  • “I miss people.”
  • “I want to hang out with my friends.”
  • “I like that we get to decide when to do our work.”
  • “Sleeping in is nice.”
  • “Office hours are good so that you can ask questions.”
  • “I worry about my parents working (doctors).”
  • “I like not having to talk as much. I can put my thoughts in the chat.”
  • “Things are slower and if I miss something, there is the video to check back with.”
  • “I am building things a lot more.”
  • “I have a lot of chores. Lots more!”
  • “I’ve run out of books.”
  • “We have a lot more family time.”
  • “I’ve been baking a lot more.”

My key takeaways? Children are far more insightful than we give them credit for. They are also incredibly resilient and creative. They enjoy responsibility and are capable problem-solvers when push comes to shove. They also realize how lucky they are to have a school, friends, family, safe refuge and a balance of freedom and structure. My hope is that adults have the same realizations.

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